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Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream

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With these words, President Clinton contributed to Long Island University's three-day celebration of that momentous event in American history when Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball. This new book includes presentations from that celebration, especially chosen for their fresh perspectives and illuminating insights.<P>A heady mix of journalism, scholarship, and memory offers a presentation that far transcends the retelling of just another sports story. Readers get a true sense of the social conditions prior to Robinson's arrival in the major leagues and the ripple effect his breakthrough had on the nation. Anecdotes enliven the story and offer more than the usual "larger than life" portrait of Robinson.<P>A melange of contributors from the sports world, academia, and journalism, some of Robinson's contemporaries, Dodger fans, and historians of the era, all sharing a passion for baseball, reflect on issues of sports, race, and the dramatic transformation of the American social and political scene in the last fifty years. In addition to the editors, the list of authors includes Peter Golenbock, one of America's preeminent sports biographers and author of Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947-1957, Tom Hawkins, the first African-American to star in basketball at Notre Dame and currently Vice-President for Communications of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bill Mardo a former writer for the New York Daily Worker, Roger Rosenblatt, teacher at the Southampton Campus of Long Island University, and author of numerous articles, plays, and books, Peter Williams, author of a study of sports myth, The Sports Immortals, and Samuel Regalado, author of Viva Baseball!: LatinMajor Leaguers and Their Special Hunger.

Book News Annotation:

The 25 academic and other baseball aficionados contributing to the April 1997 Long Island U. (Brooklyn campus) conference joined with President Clinton in celebrating Jackie Robinson's pitching of one of the nation's "defining moments" in 1947 when he broke major league baseball's color barrier. Their selected papers and Roger Rosenblatt's keynote address place this ode to Robinson in several contexts: historical, fans' remembrances, the radical press/agenda, on the [level?] playing field, and measuring the impact on baseball and society. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

Table of Contents

  1. Jackie, do they know? An ode to Jackie Robinson /Tom (Tommy) Hawkins
  2. Introduction /Joseph Dorinson, Joram Warmund
  3. In the eye of the storm : 1947 in world perspective /Joram Warmund
  4. Men of conscience /Peter Golenbock
  5. Moses Fleetwood Walker : Jackie Robinson's accidental predecessor /Sidney Gendin
  6. Monte Irvin : up from sharecropping /Jack B. Moore
  7. It happened in Brooklyn : reminiscences of a fan /Robert Gruber
  8. Theinterborough iliad /Peter Williams --

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765603173
Editor:
Dorinson, Joseph
Editor:
Warmund, Joram
Editor:
Dorinson, Joseph
Editor:
Warmund, Joram
Author:
Dorinson, Joseph
Publisher:
Routledge
Location:
Armonk, N.Y. :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - Essays & Writings
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Robinson, jackie, 1919-1972
Subject:
Discrimination in sports
Subject:
Discrimination in sports -- United States -- Congresses.
Subject:
African American baseball players
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.30x6.36x1.01 in. 1.32 lbs.
Age Level:
18-18

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