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Teammates Paperback – August 17, 1992
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Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"Teammates" is written by Peter Golenbock, who heard the story of what happened that day from Rex Barney, who pitched for the Dodgers that day. Usually when the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the "color line" in baseball, the other key person in the story is Branch Rickey, the Dodger general manager. But Rickey could only support Robinson from the front office and not on the field, where it was Pee Wee Reese who decided to do something about that. Consequently, it is Reese who emerges as the hero of this particular story. Certainly it is safe to assume that anyone who reads this book knows something about Jackie Robinson; Golenbock talks about how Rickey needed somebody special to be the first, but does not get into the reasons why Robinson was that man (e.g., All-American football star at U.C.L.A., Army officer). But clearly "Teammates" is not intended to be the first book a youngster reads about the story of Jackie Robinson. Paul Bacon, as he did for the exquisite "Susanna of the Alamo," does both the design and illustration for this volume, combining historic photographs and items with his own watercolor paintings to tell the story.
Teammates is about 2 men named
Pees wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. Both of them were baseball players on the same
Team called the dogers. Pee wee
Reese was white and Jackie rob-
Inson was black. They were both
Friends and helped each other out. The players on their team
Came mostly from the south, men
Had been taught to avoid black
People since childhood. They moved to another table
Whenever Jackie sat down next
To them. Many opposing players
Were cruel to Jackie, calling him mean names from their
Dugouts. A few tried to hurt
Him with their spiked shoes.
It was bad for Jackie. Pitchers
Aimed for his head, and he
Received threats on his life,
Both from individuals and from
Oramizations like the Ku Klux
Klan. Jackie avoided all of it,
And made the team. Jackie and
Pee wee became really great
Friends and baseball legends.
Jackie Robinson was a black baseball player. Many years ago, people were not very accepting of the idea of black baseball players.
There were two different baseball leagues when the story takes place (in the 1930's). The league for black players was called the Negro league. This league was where Jackie played. It wasn't fair for black players. The players couldn't stay in hotels or restaurants. They slept in their cars and didn't make much money.
Meanwhile, the players in the major leagues were all white. These players made tons of cash and got to eat at the fanciest restaurants and stay at the best hotels.
The general manager of one of the white teams, Branch Rickey, wanted the best baseball players possible. He didn't care what color their skin was. (He probably wouldn't have cared if it was orange, or purple with pink polka dots!)
Branch wanted someone from the Negro leagues. However, he couldn't just pick a good baseball player. He knew that this person would have to be strong enough to ignore taunts and threats. Branch knew that a lot of fans wouldn't like the idea of a black player at first. He picked Jackie Robinson as that special player.
One of the other important people in the book is called "Pee Wee" Reese, who is one of Jackie's teammates. You'll have to read the book to learn more about him. He is important to the ending, and I don't want to give it away. Will Jackie be able to handle all of the shenanigans and mean insults directed at him? Read the book to find out!
I would rate this book 5 stars.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful book to share with students during Black History month. It lends itself so well to teaching inferences. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Heidi S. Hohman
A birthday gift for our 10 year old grandson.
He really enjoyed the story.
In thought the book was a real eye opener it was really good and it taught me about fairness and being a teammatePublished 22 months ago by Super Mario
Great book the kids loved it. It had great illustrations and was easy to read and understand. It was a good choice.Published on April 20, 2014 by Customer Liz