Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 20, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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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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Very easy to read and honest. - Goodreads
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This was a well-researched biography of Jackie Robinson. After seeing the movie, I wanted to know more. At times, it got a little bit bogged down in the baseball part of it....but it is about baseball ... Read full review

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Very well-written and well-researched account of Jackie Robinson's 1947 season. On par with Eig's bio on Lou Gehrig (Luckiest Man) and David Maraniss' bio on Roberto Clemente (Clemente). Definitely a worthwhile read for baseball fans. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
JACK ROOSEVELT ROBINSON
7
SOME GOOD COLORED PLAYERS
20
THE UPRISING
35
OPENING DAY
48
U PIN HARLEM
62
PRAYING FOR BASE HITS
79
CARDINAL SINS
89
THE GLORIOUS CRUSADE
131
A SMILE OF ALMOST PAINFUL JOY
141
UP AND DOWN MACDONOUGH STREET
148
A REAL GONE GUY
159
A GOOD THING FOR EVERYBODY
175
THE POISON PEN
194
THE UNBEATABLE YANKS
203
THE FOOTSTEPS OF ENOS COUNTRY SLAUGHTER
218

THE GREAT ROAD TRIP
99
TEARING UP THE PEA PATCH
113
PEE WEES EMBRACE
123
SHADOW DANCING
234
AND THE WORLD SERIES IS OVER
259
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Jonathan Eig is a former senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including two highly acclaimed bestsellers, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig and Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season. Visit him at JonathanEig.com.

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