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Carrying Jackie's Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseball—and America

 
 
Author
Steve Jacobson.
Publisher Lawrence Hill  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781556527913
Pages/Publication Date 264/2007
Daedalus Item Code 61766
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Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and a columnist for Newsday for 44 years, sports writer Steve Jacobson here chronicles the experiences of black baseball players—including Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, and Bob Gibson—who, like Jackie Robinson, struggled to integrate Major League Baseball in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.

"This is a story that we need to continually tell. It goes beyond baseball, it goes beyond America. It is a story about heroism at the highest levels and those brave souls who were forced to face and overcome the same obstacles generation after generation."—Ken Burns

"In his portraits of these 19 greats—who range from stars like Hank Aaron to lesser-knowns such as Mudcat Grant and Ed Charles—Jacobson bemoans the fate of so many might-have-beens and celebrates the success of the lucky few who actually received their just rewards.... He imparts a good many details on almost every page, due to the incomparable character of the men gathered in this honor roll of bravery."—Publishers Weekly

 
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