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"An impressive publication . . . invitingly written and brisk."--Chicago Tribune"Perhaps not anyone has ever advised 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 danger and sacrifice, profound ugliness and profound grace, defiance and nearly incredible braveness. it is a meticulously researched, insightful, fantastically written booklet, person who may 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 background. due to Jackie Robinson, a barrier that had as soon as been believed to be everlasting used to be shattered--paving the best way for rankings of African american citizens who sought after not anything greater than to be granted an identical rights as the other human being.In this publication, 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 key leagues, Robinson battled bigotry at each flip. Simon deftly strains the adventure of the rookie who turned Rookie of the yr, recalling the scoffs 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 cling his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform on a hook instead of in a locker.

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Heinrich took first base. The Yankees scored four runs to win that game, and then won the next one, to win the World Series. Brooklyn had just begun to mend its crushed heart two months later, when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Half a century after they left Flatbush for Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Dodgers are still among the best-known sports franchises in history. The name of a team so profitably departed is probably still better known than that of most teams that have come into baseball by expansion over the past generation.

With the premise of his scheme accepted, Rickey moved to broaden its reach. Some of the best players in overlooked places, he said, were in Latin America. Rickey suggested sending scouts there, too. The bankers agreed; scouting costs were even lower in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama, and Cuba. A number of American-born players could be found on teams there. * Or, he said almost casually, black American baseball players supplementing their Negro League salaries by playing in Latin America.

Rickey remembered the bankers muttering around a rosewood table. ” By keeping major league baseball exclusively * A few Cubans and Florida-born Cuban-Americans had already played for major and minor league teams. Al Lopez had broken in with Brooklyn in 1928. The player’s ancestry was usually cautiously advertised as Spanish, not Latin.

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