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In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson's crossing of baseball's color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players - such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron - who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson's influence on American baseball and society. The anniversary issue features a new foreword by the author.

©1983, 1997, 2008 Jules Tygiel (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • cinderellamanxc
  • 03-02-2018

Don’t bother unless you’re a baseball history fanatic

The Jackie Robinson story is a good one, but this isn’t that story. It’s extremely dull. The author does not paint any images in the readers heads. It’s basically a book full of 1940’s baseball facts. The characters are weak. The author spends way too much time discussing scores of minor league teams that have no relevancy to Jackie Robinson. This book was meant for baseball fanatics that are very interested in the sport’s history, not for curious readers.

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  • Wade
  • 09-01-2015

Short on accurate facts. Politically twisted to

Short on facts. Politically twisted to suit the authors agenda. Try another book about this topic. Reader also mispronounced some names at times.

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