The integration of baseball in 1947 had undeniable significance for the civil rights movement and American history. Thanks to Jackie Robinson, a barrier that had once been believed to be permanent was shattered-paving the way for scores of African Americans who wanted nothing more than to be granted the same rights as any other human being.
In Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, renowned broadcaster Scott Simon reveals how Robinson's heroism, firmly planted in the memory of Americans, brought the country face-to-face with the question of racial equality. From his days in the army to his ascent to the major leagues, Robinson battled bigotry at every turn. Simon deftly traces the journey of the rookie who became Rookie of the Year, recalling the taunts and threats, the stolen bases and the slides to home plate, the trials and triumphs. Robinson's number, 42, is now retired on every club in major league baseball-in homage to the man who had to hang his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform on a hook rather than in a locker.
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