Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

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Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy

Baseball s Great Experiment Jackie Robinson and His Legacy In the American people will celebrate with great fanfare and publicity the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson s explosive entrance into major league baseball Robinson has become a national i

  • Title: Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
  • Author: Jules Tygiel
  • ISBN: 9780195106206
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1997 the American people will celebrate with great fanfare and publicity the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson s explosive entrance into major league baseball Robinson has become a national icon, his name a virtual synonym for pathbreaker Indeed, much has transpired between this young African American s first bold strides around the baseball diamonds of a segregIn 1997 the American people will celebrate with great fanfare and publicity the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson s explosive entrance into major league baseball Robinson has become a national icon, his name a virtual synonym for pathbreaker Indeed, much has transpired between this young African American s first bold strides around the baseball diamonds of a segregated America and General Manager Bob Watson s pride in assembling 1996 World Champion New York Yankees Recognizing this monumental event in America s continuing struggle for integration, Jules Tygiel has expanded his highly acclaimed Baseball s Great Experiment In a new afterword, he addresses the mythology surrounding Robinson s achievements, his overall effect on baseball and other sports, and the enduring legacy Robinson has left for African Americans and American society In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, 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.

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    1. Jacob on said:

      Simply put: One of the five greatest baseball books I've ever read. The story of Jackie Robinson's signing and career with the Brooklyn Dodgers has been well documented, but not as well known are the many other black and Latino ballplayers who integrated minor leagues across the country for a decade after 1947, often by themselves in a harsh and defiant Southern culture with no preparation or support system. They were sent to Texas or Mississippi or Georgia to work their way up to the major leag [...]

    2. Jeff on said:

      The definitive book on the story of Jackie Robinson's rise to the major leagues. Gives excellent background into the story of Branch Rickey and his desire to integrate baseball and of what Robinson and his family went through in 1946 & 47. The last third of the book talks about the integration of other major league teams from 1947-59. Not quite as compelling as Robinson's story. Tygiel does a good job tying in the Robinson story into the larger story of civil rights in the US, making this as [...]

    3. Marc Horton on said:

      Fantastic, thorough history not only of Jackie but also of the African-American experience in pro baseball in the years before and after that legendary 1947 season. I always regretted not taking a class from Mr. Tygiel when he taught at San Francisco State, but especially after finally reading this, and learning of his death last year.

    4. Ryan Laferney on said:

      Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy is perhaps the definitive work on the importance of Jackie Robinson to American history. Professor Jules Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s crossing of baseball’s color line on April 15th, 1947, arguably one of the most important steps in the history of desegregation. Tygiel explores both the social and historical context of Robinson’s introduction into white organized baseball, focusing on the years before and after Ro [...]

    5. Aaron Sinner on said:

      1983 CASEY Award nominee1984 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award Honorable Mention#50 Sports Illustrated Top 100 Sports Books of All Time (2002)#2, Wall Street Journal 5 Best Baseball Books (2010)Briefly: An important history textThere may be no more cherished baseball legend than the story of Jackie Robinson and his breaking of baseball’s color barrier. That legend is center stage in Baseball’s Great Experiment, which tells this historically important story that transcends baseball histor [...]

    6. Brian on said:

      I'm a big baseball fan and have a pretty good knowledge of baseball history, especially that part that I have lived through. Jackie Robinson played before I was born and up to the time I was about 5 years old. So I knew something about Robinson and his story. Nevertheless, there was much about him and the history of baseball integration that I did not know before I read this book. And this actually forms the basis of my only criticism of this book - it was so full of information that it read lik [...]

    7. Bob on said:

      A very thorough, heavily annotated, well-researched and provacative account of the integration of baseball, and its influence on (and foreshadowing of) the integration of the broader society, with all of its issues and problems, successes and failures. With an afterward written in the mid-1990s, the book observes the progress and regression of the times, in baseball and beyond. Must-read history for baseball's serious students.

    8. Pat Andsteve on said:

      Once again, a book that happens during my lifetime (like The Help), but this time non-fictionJackie Robinson integrating baseball after WWll. I can't say that it was a page turner, but it was illuminating about racial views 60 years ago. It was very fact-driven, I had hoped to learn more about Jackie Robinson, his life, feelings, thoughtsI will be amazed if everyone in book club finishes it!

    9. Marissa on said:

      The Mets drafted the Red Sox's first African American player shortly after they signed him (Pumpsie Green).That the Red Sox were a pretty racist organization well into the 80s, whether they knew it or not. That baseball integration was very carefully planned out.That Florida was one of the worst places to go to for an African American. That Jackie Robinson rarely had to deal with segregationist policies during his life until he went into major league baseball.

    10. Sean Neahusan on said:

      This is an excellent book about the integration of baseball, with glimpses into the life of a Negro League Ballplayer and even shorter glimpses into post WWII America. A very detailed and thorough history. This is not a light read, but if you love baseball, especially baseball history, this book is for you.

    11. Diener on said:

      Tygiel provides the reader with a much deeper understanding of an event that most of us at least know something about. A fine book that belongs on the bookshelf of the reader who not only enjoys sports, but also history and social science.

    12. Valerie on said:

      Great perspective on the integration of baseball and what it did for the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Enjoyed the personal stories that supported the facts and name listing. I'm sure if I was a bigger baseball fan some of the more obscure names might have made more of an impact on me.

    13. Ben on said:

      It was a good book, but a little dense and slow at times. Certainly not a riveting page turning novel. Also not a biography of Jackie Robinson. Still I learned quite a bit about a lot of early integrationist that I had never even heard of let alone known anything about.

    14. Jane Rutherford on said:

      Parts were a little hard to get through, but on the whole, once I got through some of that, it was compelling. I appreciated the history of integration and the role of baseball in it, the hard times the Black ball players had (appalling!), and seeing names of players I "know" in this new context.

    15. Elizabeth on said:

      It's been awhile since I have read this, but because of it, I am really excited to see the new movie, '42'. I have so much respect for this man. I thought this book did a nice job of tying in Robinson's story to the overall culture and thoughts of the time period in the US.

    16. Matt on said:

      Very good, thorough book covering the integration of MLB by Jackie and others. Really tells some fascinating, heart-wrenching stories about what these players went through to reach the majors and when they were there. A high-quality read.

    17. Steve on said:

      This is a well-researched history of the integration of baseball. Although I really enjoyed it, I would only recommend this book for baseball history buffs.

    18. Whitney on said:

      Jackie Robinson is one of the great heroes of the Civil Rights movement, and I came to admire and respect him through this book.

    19. M. Newman on said:

      A gripping social history of desegregation centered on the breaking of the "color line" by the great Jackie Robinson, orchestrated by Branch Rickey, at the time, GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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