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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-18-07 07:59 PM
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3. Opening Day: The Story Of Jackie Robinson's First Season
On Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 am and Monday, May 21 at 4:00 am
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Opening Day: The Story Of Jackie Robinson's First Season
Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig follows Jackie Robinson's first season in major league baseball which marked the integration of the game. The author contends that Robinson was not the best player in the Negro leagues nor had a great deal of experience playing baseball, he was a football and basketball star at UCLA. However, Mr. Eig argues that Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey chose Robinson as much for his attitude as his ability. The author also demystifies Robinson's interaction with his teammates and opponents throughout his first season; describing a hostile environment that allowed for few mistakes by the first baseman. This season marks the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game in the major leagues.

Jonathan Eig is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of "Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig."
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