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1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever: Book by Bill Madden

1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever

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ISBN: 9780306823695    Publisher: The Perseus Books Group Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Paperback / softback No of Pages: 320 pp        Language: English
"Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden makes it clear why 1954 should be regarded as one of the most significant years in the game's history."--Bob Costas, sportscaster In 1954, seven years after Jackie...Read more
"Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden makes it clear why 1954 should be regarded as one of the most significant years in the game's history."--Bob Costas, sportscaster In 1954, seven years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line, black baseball players had a watershed season--not only for the sport but for the country as a whole. In that year--which saw the historic "Brown v. Board of Education" ruling--Larry Doby's Indians played Willie Mays's Giants in the first World Series featuring black athletes on both teams. Drawing from exclusive interviews with Mays, Doby, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Monte Irvin, Carl Erskine, and others, all-star sportswriter Bill Madden weaves the narrative of one of baseball's greatest seasons together with one of the country's most racially charged years. "It is an important book Madden was supposed to write, and one you will want to read."--Mike Lupica, sports columnist
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About the author: Bill Madden
Bill Madden is the author of several books about the Yankees, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball." For more... Read more
Bill Madden is the author of several books about the Yankees, including the "New York Times" bestseller "Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball." For more than 30 years, he has covered the Yankees and Major League Baseball for the "New York Daily News." Madden is also the 2010 recipient of the Baseball Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He lives in New Jersey.
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In 1954, many of baseball's changing dynamics and prominent personalities converged. In his revealing and carefully researched look at that pivotal season, Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden...Read more
In 1954, many of baseball's changing dynamics and prominent personalities converged. In his revealing and carefully researched look at that pivotal season, Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden makes it clear why 1954 should be regarded as one of the most significant years in the game's history." --Bob Costas "1954 is a book that illustrates why my friend Bill Madden is enshrined in the writers' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and one that should be read by all who love the game and its history. This is the year when baseball and the country truly found out, against the backdrop of Brown vs. Board of Education, the true and lasting significance of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line seven years before. This is about Jackie, and Willie Mays, and Henry Aaron, and about Willie's '54 Giants team, a civil rights experiment all by itself. It is an important book Madden was supposed to write, and one you will want to read." --Mike Lupica "Baseball did not truly become our National Pastime until all the game's diverse talents received the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. Bill Madden's 1954 vividly chronicles not only the legendary season of the favorite player of my youth, Willie Mays, and the dawn of the career of Henry Aaron, but also the many hardships that the new generation faced during the game's critical transition to inclusion. With passion and poignancy, Madden illustrates the dignified manner in which these figures overcame the barriers of the era and how the events of 1954 changed baseball forever." --Joe Torre "1954 is a terrific combination of writer and subject matter."--Dallas Morning News "Madden tells the story eloquently."--Philadelphia Daily News
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