1954

1954

The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever

Book - 2014
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Bill Madden shows that baseball's famous "black experiment" did not truly succeed until the coming of age of Willie Mays and the emergence of some star players--Larry Doby, Hank Aaron, and Ernie Banks--in 1954. Featuring original interviews with key players and weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime--with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented white supremacy in the game--was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014.
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition.
ISBN: 9780306823329
Branch Call Number: 796.357 M263
Characteristics: xiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Nineteen fifty-four

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