Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball (Turning Points in History #16) (Hardcover)

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Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball (Turning Points in History #16) (Hardcover)

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"No athlete performed at a higher level through greater stress than Jackie Robinson." -Scott Simon

The integration of baseball in 1947 had undeniable significance for the civil rights movement and American history. Thanks to Jackie Robinson, a barrier that had once been believed to be permanent was shattered--paving the way for scores of African Americans who wanted nothing more than to be granted the same rights as any other human being.

In Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, renowned broadcaster Scott Simon reveals how Robinson's heroism brought the country face-to-face with the question of racial equality. From his days in the army to his ascent to the major leagues, Robinson battled bigotry at every turn. Simon deftly traces the journey of the rookie who became Rookie of the Year, recalling the taunts and threats, the stolen bases and the slides to home plate, the trials and triumphs. Robinson's number, 42, has been retired by every club in major league baseball--in homage to the man who had to hang his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform on a hook rather than in a locker.
SCOTT SIMON, the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon, has won every major award in broadcasting for his personal essays, war reporting, and commentary. He is also the author of Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan.
Product Details ISBN: 9780471261537
ISBN-10: 047126153X
Publisher: Wiley (TP)
Publication Date: September 1st, 2002
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Turning Points in History