By Jonathan Eig
April 15, 1947, marked an important commencing day in baseball background. whilst Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets box, he turned the 1st black guy to damage into major-league baseball within the 20th century. global conflict II had simply ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now americans have been commencing to press for justice at the domestic entrance -- and Robinson had an opportunity to guide the way in which.
He was once an not likely hero. He had little adventure in geared up baseball. His swing was once faraway from swish. And he was once assigned to play first base, a place he had by no means attempted earlier than that season. however the greatest challenge was once his mood. Robinson was once an indignant guy who performed an competitive sort of ball. so one can be successful he must keep an eye on himself within the face of what promised to be a brutal attack via rivals of integration.
In Opening Day, Jonathan Eig tells the genuine tale at the back of the nationwide pastime's so much sacred delusion. alongside the way in which he deals new insights into occasions of sixty years in the past and punctures a few everyday legends. was once it real that the St. Louis Cardinals plotted to boycott their first domestic online game opposed to the Brooklyn Dodgers? used to be Pee Wee Reese quite Robinson's closest best friend at the staff? was once Dixie Walker his maximum foe? How did Robinson deal with the extreme rigidity of being the single black guy in baseball and nonetheless be able to practice so good at the box? Opening Day can be the tale of a group of underdogs that got here jointly opposed to great odds to catch the pennant. dealing with the strong big apple Yankees, Robinson and the Dodgers battled to the 7th online game in a single of the main exciting international sequence competitions of all time.
Drawing on interviews with surviving avid gamers, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, in addition to newly found fabric from files round the kingdom, Jonathan Eig offers a clean portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped release the trendy civil-rights period. choked with new information and exciting motion, Opening Day brings to existence baseball's final tale.
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Additional resources for Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
García is the former editor of Béisbol a Fondo, a baseball weekly that circulated for a couple of years in the mid-1990s. He has written about the Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional for Baseball America, produced state-of-the art media guides for three professional teams, including Magallanes, and currently is the executive director of the Salón de la Fama in Valencia. Venezuelans love of baseball is deep — similar to the passion fans in the United States in the 1950s had when the game dominated the sports pages and kids still played in the streets.
The importation of world-class players not only generated excitement among fans but also helped to improve the quality of Venezuelans who played alongside them. Slowly Venezuela was becoming an important baseball power. The win in Havana in 1941 put baseball on the center stage in Venezuela, and titles in the World Amateur championship series in 1944 and 1945 help solidify its hold. During the 1930s and early 1940s, the line was often blurred between professional and amateur players. The imported players were clearly professional.
An architect by training, a baseball junkie by desire, Medina has worked as a baseball announcer and commentator for radio and television for the past ﬁfteen years. Currently, he is an advisor on player development to the general manager of the Caracas team and works on the radio broadcasts of Caracas games. But Medina’s ﬁrst love is statistics. He founded a company in the early 1990s, Quality Sports Production, that is the ofﬁcial compiler of data for the Liga Profesional de Béisbol Venezolano.