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    DescriptionApril 15, 1947, marked the most important opening day in baseball history. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets Field, he became the first black man to break into major-league baseball in the twentieth century. World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front--and Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball. His swing was far from graceful. And he was assigned to play first base, a position he had never tried before that season. But the biggest concern was his temper. Robinson was an angry man who played an aggressive style of ball. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. In "Opening Day, " Jonathan Eig tells the true story behind the national pastime's most sacred myth. Along the way he offers new insights into events of sixty years ago and punctures some familiar legends. Was it true that the St. Louis Cardinals plotted to boycott their first home game against the Brooklyn Dodgers? Was Pee Wee Reese really Robinson's closest ally on the team? Was Dixie Walker his greatest foe? How did Robinson handle the extraordinary stress of being the only black man in baseball and still manage to perform so well on the field? "Opening Day" is also the story of a team of underdogs that came together against tremendous odds to capture the pennant. Facing the powerful New York Yankees, Robinson and the Dodgers battled to the seventh game in one of the most thrilling World Series competitions of all time. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil rights era. Full of new details and thrilling action, "Opening Day" brings to life baseball's ultimate story.

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    Opening Day
    The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan Eig, Narrator Richard Allen
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 168 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 249 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400134342
    ISBN 10: 140013434X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T General Subject: 760
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET020
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFROAM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51600
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    BISAC V2.8: SPO003030
    DC22: 796.357092
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: GV865.R6 E35 2007D
    Thema V1.0: SFC, DNB, JBSL, DNBS, SCX
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    01 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Jonathan Eig is a former writer and editor for the Chicago bureau of the "Wall Street Journal" and the author of the highly acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig." Richard Allen is a five-time Audie-nominated narrator whose work has been acknowledged on the Best Audiobooks Lists for "Audiofile" and "Library Journal."
    Review quote
    "Allen gives this chronicle...a measured and dignifiedreading, conveying both the excitement of the on-field action and the tense drama of Robinson's journey into the previously all-white world of pro baseball." ---Booklist