Item description for After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes: An Oral History by Cal Fussman...
To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the breaking of baseball's color barrier, an exploration of Jackie Robinson's impact and legacy by the people whose lives were transformed by his courageWhen Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he forever changed the game ofbaseball -- and America itself. In After Jackie, author Cal Fussman traces Robinson's enormous legacy in sports, politics, and the civil rights movement through the men (and women) who came after him. With moving and intimate interviews of more than one hundred former major league players of African-American descent, as well as such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Ali, and Walter Cronkite, among others, After Jackie recalls the day one man altered history for so many, and the history that followed.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 3, 2007
ISBN 1933060182 ISBN13 9781933060187
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More About Cal Fussman
Cal Fussman is a writer at large for Esquire. The author of After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes, he lives with his family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Good Historical Read May 23, 2007
Being a fan of baseball & Black history, I loved it. It has interviews with living Negro League players, their widows & or children, other celeb rities who lived through that era and white ballplayers as well. It is full of insight from a lot of different viewpoints.
This Oral History Tells A Real Story Apr 5, 2007
This nation's leaders in fields such as politics, sports and history do a great job with race. You see, they mostly race away from the real questions and answers surrounding slavery, prejudice and the lies from the past that are taught as fact today. Race fast enough and the truth may just get left far behind.
That is what makes After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes - An Oral History, as important a book as you can read this year, or ever. It gives you a foundation to discuss with your children true American history from the voices of true heroes.
Each person chronicled by author Cal Fussman - either in recent interviews or through past public statements - lived through the racial hatred that did not cease after Jackie Robinson donned the uniform of the Brooklyn Dodgers. That is because of the race away from the hard questions and tough answers.
"The more I spoke with the men who came after Jackie, the more certain I became of one thing: The only way to unlearn is to learn," writes Fussman. "The surest way for us to move forward is to know where the old have been."
And to put one issue in perspective - Major League Baseball's "Glory Road" - it really isn't "ancient" history. The first all-minority starting lineup - blacks and Latin players - was filled out by manager Danny Murtaugh on September 1, 1971, when his Pittsburgh Pirates played the Philadelphia Phillies. For the record, the Pirates won the World Series that season.
Former Dodgers star, Lou Johnson - whose life is equally uplifting and chilling due to the prejudice of society - captures the powerful message of the book through a story of sharing:
"The other day I was at my mother-in-law's funeral and there was a kid who was wearing a jersey with No. 42 on it. He had no idea what the 42 meant. In the heart of the hood, and this kid had no idea.
"I put my arm around this kid and I showed him my world championship ring. I said, 'It was No. 42 who got me this ring.'
"And then I told him about No. 42."
It is not enough to simply remember the past. Without a true comprehension of history, a society is doomed to repeat the same mistakes - in various degrees - over and over again.
And that will unfortunately make No. 42 just another number.