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Jackie and Campy

The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line

William C. Kashatus

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 04/2014
Pages: 296
Subject: Sports and Recreation
eBook ISBN: 9780803254473

DESCRIPTION

As star players for the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, and prior to that as the first black players to be candidates to break professional baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella would seem to be natural allies. But the two men were divided by a rivalry going far beyond the personality differences and petty jealousies of competitive teammates. Behind the bitterness were deep and differing beliefs about the fight for civil rights. Robinson, the more aggressive and intense of the two, thought Jim Crow should be attacked head-on; Campanella, more passive and easygoing, believed that ability, not militancy, was the key to racial equality. Drawing on interviews with former players such as Monte Irvin, Hank Aaron, Carl Erskine, and Don Zimmer, Jackie and Campy offers a closer look at these two players and their place in a historical movement torn between active defiance and passive resistance. William C. Kashatus deepens our understanding of these two baseball icons and civil rights pioneers and provides a clearer picture of their time and our own.Purchase the audio edition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William C. Kashatus is the author of many books, including September Swoon: Richie Allen, the ’64 Phillies and Racial Integration.  

REVIEWS

http://grantland.com/features/baseball-books-mlb-babe-ruth-mickey-mantle-boys-of-summer-etc/

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/literature/20140420__Jackie_and_Campy__tells_stormy_tale_of_two_baseball_greats.html#qexXkPA8uffaVGPf.99

"Using their racial and social attitudes as a springboard, Kashatus has written a superb narrative of sports, race, and politics in the 1950s and '60s."—Publishers Weekly

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