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Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season Paperback – April 1, 2008
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This is the first book that I know of that chronicles the 1947 season (w/some "flashbacks", which are necessary to understand some of the people and the culture and thought of the time). Eig's writing style keeps the reader interested, as Robinson joins the Dodgers after a year with the minor league Montreal Royals, proceeds to take the field and ultimately become Major League Rookie of the Year - there was only one for both leagues at the time. Interviews with Rachel Robinson, Jackie's wife, show both the courage Robinson shows, as well as the emotional turmoil, as Robinson had promised Branch Rickey that he would not fight his tormentors.
As the season progresses, Eig does a great job of how Robinson's Dodger teammates loosen up to him, believing that his playing as a ballplayer is more important than skin color. By the end of the season, Ralph Branca is catching Robinson who is diving for a foul ball, something that might not have happened earlier in the year. There's a great scene where Dixie Walker, possibly unfairly maligned as an instigator of a potential major league strike against Robinson, calls Robinson aside to give him batting tips.Read more ›
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April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day. 69 years ago he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This book is a telling about his first season and the events that led up to it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Sparrenberger
The first 2/3 of the book were good as they provided good background on his challenges. The last 1/3 was largely about the Dodgers baseball games, without a real focus on JackiePublished 15 months ago by William Meyers
This is an absorbing account of Jackie Robinson's 1947 baseball season, a new chapter in American history. Jackie Robinson was not only a legend, but a pioneer. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Zephan
Had high hopes for this after seeing the movie. The detail started getting very dull. I did not finish the bookPublished 18 months ago by Robert M. Elliott
Very good book. One of the best I have ever read about Jackie Robinson. It explains his life in great detail andPublished 20 months ago by Zach gives a picture to the readers.