By Scott Simon

"An remarkable ebook . . . invitingly written and brisk."--Chicago Tribune"Perhaps nobody has ever informed the story [of Robinson's arrival within the significant leagues] so good as [Simon] does during this prolonged essay."--The Washington put up ebook World"Scott Simon tells a compelling tale of possibility and sacrifice, profound ugliness and profound grace, defiance and nearly incredible braveness. it is a meticulously researched, insightful, superbly written booklet, person who might be learn, reread, and remembered."--Laura Hillenbrand, writer of the recent York occasions bestseller SeabiscuitThe integration of baseball in 1947 had indisputable value for the civil rights flow and American heritage. because of Jackie Robinson, a barrier that had as soon as been believed to be everlasting was once shattered--paving the way in which for rankings of African americans who sought after not anything greater than to be granted an identical rights as the other human being.In this ebook, popular 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 main 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 rigors and triumphs. Robinson's quantity, forty two, has been retired by means of each membership in significant league baseball--in homage to the fellow who needed to dangle his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform on a hook instead of in a locker.

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Manhattan was a destination. But Brooklyn was where the city lived. Brooklyn was forlornly incorporated into greater New York in 1898. But it was never quite reconciled to being one of five boroughs of an empire city. In the 1940s, Brooklyn rolled over eighty square miles and was filled with at least thirty distinct neighborhoods and almost three million residents. Had Brooklyn been left contentedly autonomous, it would have rivaled Chicago as America’s Second City. Manhattan, of course, is an island, defined by rugged escarpments and man-made shores, each inch precious for being so scarce.

A team with, say, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Ray Dandridge might well have won a World Series against the elderly 4-Fs who then stocked major league rosters. But baseball commissioner Kenesaw Landis disapproved of the idea. He didn’t care for Bill Veeck, he didn’t trust his money, and he certainly didn’t endorse his scheme. What if Philadelphia’s fans decided that they liked winning and didn’t want to return to segregated, second-division baseball? The American way of life could be overturned.

Qxd 7/15/02 1:20 PM Page 50 JACKIE ROBINSON Jackie scarcely mentioned the morning to her. Former Lieutenant Robinson had learned about flanking maneuvers in army tank exercises. Boston was an outstanding team with a conspicuous weakness. Their great, aging first baseman, Jimmie Foxx, had been traded and retired during World War II. While Bobby Doerr at second and Johnny Pesky at shortstop were among the premier infielders in the league, the Red Sox needed help at a particular spot. Jackie Robinson was a more accomplished, experienced, and better-known athlete than any among Boston’s minor league clubs.

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