Weaving together the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastimeâwith the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented "white supremacy" in the gameâwas actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.
About: 1954âA triumphant season for black ballplayers and the countryAward-winning New York Times bestselling author Bill Madden delivers the first major book to fully examine the 1954 baseball season, drawn largely from exclusive recent interviews with the major players themselves, including Willie Mays and Larry Doby as well as New York baseball legends from that era: Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford of the Yankees, Monte Irvin of the Giants, and Carl Erskine of the Dodgers.
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