Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nmele - LibraryThing
After watching the film "42" I felt the need to refresh my knowledge about Jackie Robinson and his first season. Eig relies primarily on contemporary sources from 1947 and 1948. He could have taken a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stensvaag - LibraryThing
This story about Jackie Robinson's inspirational first season was interesting, but ultimately struck me as rather dully written. It hopped about in time chronologically in ways that detracted from the flow, and ultimately left me feeling a bit let down. Read full review
THE GLORIOUS CRUSADE
A SMILE OF ALMOST PAINFUL JOY
UP AND DOWN MACDONOUGH STREET
A REAL GONE GUY
A GOOD THING FOR EVERYBODY
THE POISON PEN
THE UNBEATABLE YANKS
THE FOOTSTEPS OF ENOS COUNTRY SLAUGHTER
THE GREAT ROAD TRIP
TEARING UP THE PEA PATCH
PEE WEES EMBRACE
AND THE WORLD SERIES IS OVER