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  1 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever
Author: Madden, Bill
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Class: 796.3576
Age: Adult
Language: English
LC: GV863.A1
Print Run: 40000
ISBN-13: 9780306823329
LCCN: 2014000774
Imprint: Da Capo Press
Pub Date: 05/06/2014
Availability: Out of Print Confirmed
List: $25.99
Physical Description: xiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm H 9", W 6", 1.16 lbs.
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Brodart Sources: Brodart's Insight Catalog: Adult
Brodart's TOP Adult Titles
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TIPS Subjects: Sports
Young Adult
BISAC Subjects: SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
LC Subjects: African American baseball players, United States, History, 20th century
Baseball, United States, History, 20th century
Discrimination in sports, United States, History, 20th century
Mays, Willie,, 1931-
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / General
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
SEARS Subjects: African American baseball players, History, 20th century
Baseball, United States, History
Discrimination in sports, History
Mays, Willie,, 1931-
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Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 01/01/2014
Proof that Jackie Robinson's journey to the plate was more than a miracle, the baseball stars featured here helped pave the way for a fully integrated baseball league just as the verdict of Brown v. Board of Education legally banned segregation from American public schools. Readers discover how Hank Aaron, Larry Doby, and Ernie Mays made their mark on behalf of black Americans everywhere. 304pp., 40K, Auth res: NJ
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Booklist | 06/01/2014
Madden, veteran New York Daily News baseball writer and inductee into the writers' section of the Baseball Hall of Fame, attempts here to do the sport and readers a service beyond the lines of the diamond. He dates the true and full integration of baseball, despite Jackie Robinson's debut in 1947, to 1954, not unrelatedly the year of the Supreme Court's Brown decision. African Americans Willie Mays and Larry Doby brought their respective teams (the Giants and Indians) to the World Series that year, and Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks, among others, were beginning to etch their considerable marks on the sport. There were some laggards (notably the Yankees and Red Sox), but, Madden argues, the sport was, by 1954, ahead of much of the rest of the country in racial matters. Regrettably, he does not make the point convincingly and often loses sight of that focus, which is buried in far more conventional accounts of franchise shifts, batting races, and pennant chases, not only in the pivotal year of 1954 but also in the years preceding it. Still, the book brings together plenty of valuable information regarding the integration of baseball. Levine, Mark. 304p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2014.