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The Other Side of the Jackie Robinson Story [Kindle Edition]

Big Ed Stevens
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Book Description

How did you let a black man take your job?' This is the question I've been asked more times than I care to admit. And despite its inherent prejudice, its misunderstanding of history, its naiveté, I'm compelled to respond. My name is Ed Stevens. In baseball circles I was known as Big Ed Stevens, and I played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, '46, and '47. I was the first man to be replaced by a black player in the history of Major League Baseball. This is a story about the Brooklyn Dodgers, and a secret I have kept for over fifty years. Ed Stevens played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1945-1947. After that fateful '47 season, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played from 1948-1950. After finishing out his career in Toronto, he served as a major league scout for twenty-nine years. Ed was later elected to the Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Fame, the International League Hall of Fame, and the Baton Rouge Louisiana Kids Clinic Hall of Fame, where he served for forty years as a baseball instructor along with Mel Ott, Dizzy Dean, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Mickey Mantle.

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Ed Stevens was a good teammate and an even better friend. You will find his story very interesting. Ed found himself in a spot, and I think you will enjoy reading his account of what happened and his role in this historic transformation of baseball.' --Tom Lasorda --Special Advisor to the Chairman Los Angeles Dodgers

Product Details

  • File Size: 1826 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (January 12, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034L031S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Erock
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This is a great story that provided a lot of insight on what it was like to be on the other side of Jackies story. The raw emotions and the unchartered paths Ed went through were brought to life as he takes you back to a world so different from today. In addition I enjoyed the unique stories he shared about his days as a big league ball player and the contrast to what I see in todays modern day professionals. It's and interesting read as he takes you through a period of his life that was such a pivotal point in American history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely absorbing true-life story April 10, 2010
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The Other Side of the Jackie Robinson Story is the personal testimony of Ed Stevens, the first Major League Baseball player to be replaced by a black player (Jackie Robinson, the legendary and skilled sports hero who broke the color line in baseball). Why did the Brooklyn Dodgers choose to replace him? Stevens (who later played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1948-1950, then worked as a major league scout for 29 years) offers an insightful testimony that only someone who was there in that place and time can give. An absolutely absorbing true-life story, offering a truly unique insight into one of the most fundamentally transformative events in sports history.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling Mess May 23, 2013
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I was hoping for more insight on Jackie Robinson and his teammates on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, so I ordered this book. Unfortunately, there was very little information and it was all over the place as far as organization goes. Ed Stevens should have used a professional writer to assist with the story; if he did, that writer is sadly lacking in his craft!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for baseball fans March 14, 2013
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Sgt. Richard Simmons of the Meadows Place, texas Police Department told me to read this book. It was a great find and a story well told. Too bad Mr. Branch Rickey didn't keep his word.
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