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Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season | [Jonathan Eig]

Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season

Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era. Full of new details and thrilling action, Opening Day brings to life baseball's ultimate story.
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Publisher's Summary

April 15, 1947, marked the most important opening day in baseball history. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets Field, he became the first black man to break into major-league baseball. World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front, and Robinson had a chance to lead the way.

He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball. His swing was far from graceful. And he was assigned to play first base, a position he had never tried before that season. But the biggest concern was his temper. Robinson was an angry man who played an aggressive style of ball. In order to succeed, he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration.

Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era. Full of new details and thrilling action, Opening Day brings to life baseball's ultimate story.

©2007 Jonathan Eig; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"Even Dodger haters - and they are legion - will cheer on the Bums in this fine account." (Booklist)

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    Joe Cordova, TN, USA 08-30-07
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    "Great book, not so great reading"

    Eig did great work writing this book, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I just wish that the reader and recording engineer had been baseball fans. The mispronunciation of the names of prominent baseball figures is truly annoying. And it isn't just people from 1947. Many of those guys are still around the game today. Anyone acquainted with Major League Baseball would have been a vast improvement.
    I would gladly purchase another copy of this audio book, if it were redone with a fan doing the reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "narrator"

    The mispronouncemet of so many well known baseball players was ridiculous. the narrator should at least know how to pronounce names-it was vert distracting

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    "greatest day ever"

    april 15. 1947 at the brooklyn dodger club
    the greatest day in the history of baseball
    it's importance only grows with time

    no athletic season was ever more deserving of analysis
    as "luckiest man" showed jonathan eig is the man for the job
    others have told this story but none have done better

    the telling detail / the counterintuitive interaction
    the underlying personalities of the teammates
    each insightful part of the puzzle gets presented

    what stays with you is just how damn hard it was to do
    rickey at his best / robinson at his best / brooklyn at its' best
    it was for each of them their finest hour

    have you done the right thing in the right way at the right time ?
    do people line up to help you ? or do they drag you down ?
    did the players have any idea of the history they were making ?

    the very human nature of the struggle comes through clearly
    these were brave tough lonely determined people
    jonathan eig has made their lives more than memorable




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