Opening Day

The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
 
 
Simon + Schuster Inc. (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 20. März 2007
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  • 336 Seiten
 
E-Book
978-1-4165-5410-3 (ISBN)
 
This bestselling account of the most important season in baseball history, 1947, tells the dramatic story of how Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and changed baseball forever.

April 15, 1947, marked the most important opening day in baseball history. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets Field, he became the first black man to break into major-league baseball in the twentieth century. World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front—and Robinson had a chance to lead the way.

In Opening Day, Jonathan Eig tells the true story behind the national pastime's most sacred myth. He offers new insights into events of sixty years ago and punctures some familiar legends. Was it true that the St. Louis Cardinals plotted to boycott their first home game against the Brooklyn Dodgers? Was Pee Wee Reese really Robinson's closest ally on the team? Was Dixie Walker his greatest foe? How did Robinson handle the extraordinary stress of being the only black man in baseball and still manage to perform so well on the field? Opening Day is also the story of a team of underdogs that came together against tremendous odds to capture the pennant. Facing the powerful New York Yankees, Robinson and the Dodgers battled to the seventh game in one of the most thrilling World Series competitions of all time.

Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era. Full of new details and thrilling action, Opening Day brings to life baseball's ultimate story.
  • Englisch
  • Riverside
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  • USA
1-16 pp b/w insert
  • 24,22 MB
978-1-4165-5410-3 (9781416554103)
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Jonathan Eig

Prologue

1 Jack Roosevelt Robinson

2 "Some Good Colored Players"

3 The Uprising

4 Opening Day

5 Up in Harlem

6 Praying for Base Hits

7 Cardinal Sins

8 The Great Road Trip

9 Tearing Up the Pea Patch

10 Pee Wee's Embrace

11 The Glorious Crusade

12 "A Smile of Almost Painful Joy"

13 Up and Down MacDonough Street

14 A Real Gone Guy

15 A Good Thing for Everybody

16 The Poison Pen

17 The Unbeatable Yanks

18 Dixie Walker's Dilemma

19 The Footsteps of Enos "Country" Slaughter

20 Shadow Dancing

21 "We Aren't Afraid"

22 "And the World Series Is Over!"

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index


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