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Opening Day [compact Disc]

[the Story Of Jackie Robinson's First Season]

By Jonathan Eig

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.

He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball. His swing was far from graceful. And he was assigned to play first base, a position he had never tried before that season. But the biggest concern was his temper. Robinson was an angry man who played an aggressive style of ball. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration.

In Opening Day, Jonathan Eig tells the true story behind the national pastime's most sacred myth. Along the way 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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ISBN

1400104343


Format: Audio Books
Author: Eig, Jonathan
Summary: World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front--and Jackie Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball, his swing was far from graceful, and he was assigned to play a position he had never tried before. But the biggest concern was his temper--Robinson was an angry man who played aggressively. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, this a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.
Title: Opening day [compact disc] : [the story of Jackie Robinson's first season] / Jonathan Eig.
Publisher Date: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, c2007.
Subject: Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972 Baseball players -- United States -- Biography -- Talking books. African American baseball players -- Biography -- Talking books. Baseball -- United States -- History -- Talking books. Discrimination in sports -- United States -- Talking books.
Isbn: 1400104343 9781400104345 140013434X (Library Binder Pkg) 9781400134342 (Library Binder Pkg) 1400154340 (Retail Slimline Pkg) 9781400154340 (Retail Slimline Pkg)
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System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: B Robinson
Oclc: 133183143
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Bib Id: 295599

Format: Audio Books
Author: Eig, Jonathan
Summary: World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front--and Jackie Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball, his swing was far from graceful, and he was assigned to play a position he had never tried before. But the biggest concern was his temper--Robinson was an angry man who played aggressively. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, this a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.
Title: Opening day [compact disc] : [the story of Jackie Robinson's first season] / Jonathan Eig.
Publisher, Date: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, c2007.
Description: 10 sound discs (ca. 12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972
Subjects: Baseball players -- United States -- Biography -- Talking books.
Subjects: African American baseball players -- Biography -- Talking books.
Subjects: Baseball -- United States -- History -- Talking books.
Subjects: Discrimination in sports -- United States -- Talking books.
Other Author: Allen, Richard
Notes: Compact disc.
Notes: Subtitle from container.
Notes: Unabridged.
Notes: Read by Richard Allen.
ISBN: 1400104343
ISBN: 9781400104345
ISBN: 140013434X (Library Binder Pkg)
ISBN: 9781400134342 (Library Binder Pkg)
ISBN: 1400154340 (Retail Slimline Pkg)
ISBN: 9781400154340 (Retail Slimline Pkg)
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Medium: [compact disc] :
Call Number: B Robinson