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Carrying Jackie's Torch: The Players Who Integrated Baseballand America
The real and painful struggles of the black players who followed Jackie Robinson into major and minor league baseball from 1947 to 1968 are chronicled in this compelling volume. Players share their personal and often heart-wrenching stories of intense racism, both on and off the field, mixed with a sometimes begrudged appreciation for their tremendous talents. Stories incl ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Chicago Review Press
(first published January 1st 2007)
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While most everyone is familiar with Jackie Robinson, the racial integration of baseball involved a whole lot more men (and women). This book is the story of a bunch of those players (and one umpire). Really interesting look into the lives of the players who followed Jackie into MLB. Broken up into short chapters on each person, its an easy read (even if its hard to cope with the fact of just how long and deep racism's roots have been in the US). My only knock is that each chapter, because of th ...more
Dec 15, 2016 David Lucander rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a very important book that documents the experiences of African American baseball players who followed Jackie Robinson's footsteps into the majors. Jacobson is a lifelong sports writer, and he brings a nice touch of insider knowledge into these chapter long mini-biographies. There's a lot in here about growing up under Jim Crow, but the most poignant sections were about how these guys played integrated ball in the minors and the troubles they faced in those small towns as they followed t ...more
This is a great baseball book about the players/umps that followed Jackie Robinson. Although his name is the one we remember, so many others suffered terrible discrimination. Some were players I cheered for greatly, having no clue as to what they were going through off the field.