By Scott Simon
""Perhaps nobody has ever instructed the story [of Robinson's arrival within the significant leagues] so good as [Simon] does during this prolonged essay.""
--The Washington publish booklet World
""Scott Simon tells a compelling tale of probability and sacrifice, profound ugliness and profound grace, defiance and nearly unbelievable braveness. this can be a meticulously researched, insightful, superbly written ebook, one who will be learn, reread, and remembered.""
--Laura Hillenbrand, writer of the hot York instances bestseller Seabiscuit
The integration of baseball in 1947 had indisputable importance for the civil rights circulate and American background. because of Jackie Robinson, a barrier that had as soon as been believed to be everlasting used to be shattered--paving the way in which for rankings of African americans who sought after not anything greater than to be granted an analogous rights as the other human being.
In this ebook, well known broadcaster Scott Simon finds how Robinson's heroism introduced the rustic face-to-face with the query of racial equality. From his days within the military to his ascent to the foremost leagues, Robinson battled bigotry at each flip. Simon deftly lines the adventure of the rookie who grew to become Rookie of the yr, recalling the name callings and threats, the stolen bases and the slides to domestic plate, the pains and triumphs. Robinson's quantity, forty two, has been retired by way of each membership in significant league baseball--in homage to the fellow who needed to hold his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform on a hook instead of in a locker.
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The more championships the Yankees won, the more major league baseball seemed a game divided not so much into leagues as into the Yankees and mere alsorans. Unless. The largest single supply of unsigned baseball talent resided in the Negro Leagues. A major league owner in Brooklyn, St. Louis, or Chicago might not be able to outscout and outspend the Yankees. But he could ﬁnd and sign gifted ballplayers in places the Yankees ignored. The major league owner with the nerve to try to tap into the vein of talent in the Negro Leagues might strike gold.
Just below that grudge was another: the shortstop Brooklyn had signed was a colored guy. Reese had played enough exhibition baseball against black teams to have shucked himself of the kind of illusions that comforted racists—that blacks did not know what base to throw to, or were almost comically frightened by beanballs. Reese worried about how three years of naval duty might have battered his baseball skills. He worried that a polished college athlete, a black ballplayer who had spent the war reﬁning his game (for Reese did not know then that Jackie Robinson had refused to play sports for a segregated army), might win the job at shortstop that had belonged to Pee Wee Reese.
Even before he left for the war, several newspapers and civic committees had called for New York’s three major league clubs to sign black ballplayers. You could not demand that blacks risk their lives for the United States, they said, without affording them the same right to earn a living as white citizens once they returned home. Jesse Owens’s gold medal strides in the 1936 Olympics, and Joe Louis standing over the felled form of Max Schmeling, had been sports victories that were taken to signify Germany’s obsession with racial purity.