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Title 1954 : the year Willie Mays and the first generation of black superstars changed major league baseball forever / by Bill Madden.
Author Madden, Bill.
Publication Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of Perseus Books Group, 2014.
Edition First Da Capo Press edition.
Description xiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call # 796.3576 M
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-268) and index.
Summary "Jackie Robinson heroically broke the color barrier in 1947. But how--and, in practice, when--did the integration of the sport actually occur? Bill Madden shows that baseball's famous "black experiment" did not truly succeed until the coming of age of Willie Mays and the emergence of some star players--Larry Doby, Hank Aaron, and Ernie Banks--in 1954. And as a relevant backdrop off the field, it was in May of that year that the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, that segregation be outlawed in America's public schools. Featuring original interviews with key players and weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime--with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented white supremacy in the game--was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance"-- Provided by publisher.
"Jackie Robinson heroically broke the color barrier in 1947. But how--and, in practice, when--did the integration of the sport actually occur? Bill Madden shows that baseball's famous "black experiment" did not truly succeed until the coming of age of Willie Mays and the emergence of some star players--Larry Doby, Hank Aaron, and Ernie Banks--in 1954. And as a relevant backdrop off the field, it was in May of that year that the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled, in the case of Brown v. Board of Education, that segregation be outlawed in America's public schools. Featuring original interviews with key players and weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime--with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented white supremacy in the game--was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Baseball -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
African American baseball players -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Mays, Willie, 1931-
ISBN 9780306823329 :
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