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Opening Day The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season ( CD)

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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 1400104343
ISBN-13: 9781400104345
Sku: 204347720
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  7
Age Range:  NA
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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. In Opening Day, Jonathan Eig tells the true story behind the national pastime's most sacred myth. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil rights era.
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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. In Opening Day, Jonathan Eig tells the true story behind the national pastime's most sacred myth. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil rights era.
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Sportswriter Jonathan Eig recreates the historic 1947 season in which Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers broke the color line in major league baseball, forever changing not only the sport but America itself. Through prodigious research into the archives, and interviews with those who were there, Eig tells many great baseball stories and sets down the true history of that time, which culminated in a dramatic World Series between the two New York teams, the Dodgers and the Yankees. Eig portrays Robinson as a strong competitor, who clearly justified Branch Rickey's decision to choose him as the first African American to play on a major league team.

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"Eig's brisk chronicle is full of local color and period details that recreate a bygone age of athletes who scraped by like other working stiffs, holding down off-season jobs and traversing the city on the subway rather than in tinted-window Escalades.... Against this backdrop, Eig recounts the flash points that have grown into myths and largely reduces them from grand opera to folk song, a story of endurance and forbearance rather than sturm und drang." - Jay Jennings 06/03/2007

"So elegant in its logic is Eig's angle--chronicling Robinson's first major-league season (1947) with the Brooklyn Dodgers--it's a wonder no one thought of it before....Even Dodger haters--and they are legion--will cheer on the bums in this fine account." - Alan Moores 03/01/2007

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format / Audio CD - Unabridged:   Audio CD - Unabridged
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   7
Product attributePublisher:   Tantor Media
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