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1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever

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ISBN13: 9780306823329
ISBN10: 0306823322
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1954: Perhaps no single baseball season has so profoundly changed the game forever. In that yearand#151;the same in which the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, that segregation of the races be outlawed in America's public schoolsand#151;Larry Doby's Indians won an American League record 111 games, dethroned the five-straight World Series champion Yankees, and went on to play Willie Mays's Giants in the first World Series that featured players of color on both teams.

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Seven years after Jackie Robinson had broken the baseball color line, 1954 was a triumphant watershed season for black playersand#151;and, in a larger sense, for baseball and the country as a whole. While Doby was the dominant player in the American League, Mays emerged as the preeminent player in the National League, with a flair and boyish innocence that all fans, black and white, quickly came to embrace. Mays was almost instantly beloved in 1954, much of that due to how seemingly easy it was for him to live up to the effusive buildup from his Giants manager, Leo Durocher, a man more widely known for his ferocious "nice guys finish last" attitude.

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Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Bill Madden delivers the first major book to fully examine the 1954 baseball season, drawn largely from exclusive recent interviews with the major players themselves, including Mays and Doby as well as New York baseball legends from that era: Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford of the Yankees, Monte Irvin of the Giants, and Carl Erskine of the Dodgers. 1954 transports readers across the baseball landscape of the timeand#151;from the spring training camps in Florida and Arizona to baseball cities including New York, Baltimore, Chicago, and Clevelandand#151;as future superstars such as Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and others entered the leagues and continued to integrate the sport.

Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastimeand#151;with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented "white supremacy" in the gameand#151;was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.

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Set against the backdrop of a racially charged nation and a still predominantly all-white major league landscape, seven years removed from Jackie Robinsonand#8217;s breaking of the color line, 1954 tells the story of the first time in major league history that two black players led their respective teams to the World Series.

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1954and#151;A triumphant season for black ballplayers and the country

Award-winning New York Times bestselling author Bill Madden delivers the first major book to fully examine the 1954 baseball season, drawn largely from exclusive recent interviews with the major players themselves, including Willie Mays and Larry Doby as well as New York baseball legends from that era: Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford of the Yankees, Monte Irvin of the Giants, and Carl Erskine of the Dodgers. 1954 transports readers across the baseball landscape of the time as future superstars such as Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and others entered the leagues and continued to integrate the sport. Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons wit the racially charged events of that yearand#151;the same in which the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregation of the races be outlawed in America's public schoolsand#151;1954 demonstrates how our national pastime was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.

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and#147;Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden makes it clear why 1954 should be regarded as one of the most significant years in the gameand#8217;s history.and#8221;and#151;Bob Costas, sportscaster

In 1954, seven years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line, black baseball players had a watershed seasonand#151;not only for the sport but for the country as a whole. In that yearand#151;which saw the historic Brown v. Board of Education rulingand#151;Larry Dobyand#8217;s Indians played Willie Maysand#8217;s Giants in the first World Series featuring black athletes on both teams. Drawing from exclusive interviews with Mays, Doby, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Monte Irvin, Carl Erskine, and others, all-star sportswriter Bill Madden weaves the narrative of one of baseballand#8217;s greatest seasons together with one of the countryand#8217;s most racially charged years.

and#147;It is an important book Madden was supposed to write, and one you will want to read.and#8221;and#151;Mike Lupica, sports columnist

About the Author

Bill Madden, the 2010 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fameand#8217;s J. G. Taylor Spink Award, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Steinbrenner. For more than thirty years, he has covered baseball for the New York Daily News. He lives in New Jersey.

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chicagomark1960, October 5, 2014 (view all comments by chicagomark1960)
As we approach the World Series many people think about baseball. Bill Madden's book takes us back to a time when the World Series began on September 29th and all the games were played during the day. But nostalgia is not point of this book. Madden tells the tale of how African American athletes rose to prominence in Major League Baseball. For the first time in 5 years the white only Yankees finished second to the well integrated Cleveland team. In the National league, the equally well integrated Giants and Dodgers fought for the pennant while the white only teams languished. Professional sports had turned the corner for good. All of this against the back drop of the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. The Board of Education. This is an enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in baseball or wants to learn more about civil rights in the 1950s.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780306823329
Author:
Madden, Bill
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages black-and-white photos
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Set against the backdrop of a racially charged nation and a still predominantly all-white major league landscape, seven years removed from Jackie Robinsonand#8217;s breaking of the color line, 1954 tells the story of the first time in major league history that two black players led their respective teams to the World Series.
"Synopsis" by ,
1954and#151;A triumphant season for black ballplayers and the country

Award-winning New York Times bestselling author Bill Madden delivers the first major book to fully examine the 1954 baseball season, drawn largely from exclusive recent interviews with the major players themselves, including Willie Mays and Larry Doby as well as New York baseball legends from that era: Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford of the Yankees, Monte Irvin of the Giants, and Carl Erskine of the Dodgers. 1954 transports readers across the baseball landscape of the time as future superstars such as Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, and others entered the leagues and continued to integrate the sport. Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons wit the racially charged events of that yearand#151;the same in which the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregation of the races be outlawed in America's public schoolsand#151;1954 demonstrates how our national pastime was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.

"Synopsis" by ,
and#147;Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden makes it clear why 1954 should be regarded as one of the most significant years in the gameand#8217;s history.and#8221;and#151;Bob Costas, sportscaster

In 1954, seven years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line, black baseball players had a watershed seasonand#151;not only for the sport but for the country as a whole. In that yearand#151;which saw the historic Brown v. Board of Education rulingand#151;Larry Dobyand#8217;s Indians played Willie Maysand#8217;s Giants in the first World Series featuring black athletes on both teams. Drawing from exclusive interviews with Mays, Doby, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Monte Irvin, Carl Erskine, and others, all-star sportswriter Bill Madden weaves the narrative of one of baseballand#8217;s greatest seasons together with one of the countryand#8217;s most racially charged years.

and#147;It is an important book Madden was supposed to write, and one you will want to read.and#8221;and#151;Mike Lupica, sports columnist

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