HST528JR - Shayne Martin Dr. James Giglio HST 528 Book...

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Shayne Martin Dr. James Giglio HST 528 Book Review: Baseball’s Great Experiment 2/10/2006 Book Review: Baseball’s Great Experiment; Jackie Robinson and His Legacy Baseball’s Great Experiment; Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, written by Jules Tygiel is written not only about the life of the baseball player Jackie Robinson but about the theme of the overall struggle of the black baseball player in the earlier segregated days of the sport. Underlying tones and examples of racism in America set the tone for the book. Tygiel’s book is in three parts; the first being the earlier days of baseball and Jackie Robinson’s initial encounter with the Dodgers. Second, the book goes into the great lengths and time involved in integrating baseball. The final part of the book deals with a combination of the first two ideas and how baseball represented the overall view of society in America on the issue of race. The book in whole deals with racism in America towards sports, competition, hotels, dining, and all the things of society, mainly segregation. Starting out the book recalls the first at bat for Jackie Robinson in organized baseball. Speaking of the feeling of anticipation and that his, “knees felt rubbery…” All Robinson was about to do was break the color barrier in organized baseball! Robinson starts out shaky with just an out but later goes on to hit a three-run home run. This symbolizes the life and plight of Robinson and overall the triumph of blacks in baseball. Starting slowly with much anticipation and getting out a couple times but later on going to hit massive home runs in respect to the color barrier and segregation in America, that is the symbolism that Robinson’s first organized baseball at bat is. After this episode in the book it works into examples of early baseball. 1
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Baseball before World War I was hardly organized and there were several black players involved. This was the time of professional barnstorming teams. Barnstorming teams were teams that were not organized but still played professionally, for money. Bud Fowler was the first black professional baseball player. Fowler, “debuted as a paid athlete in 1872” according to the book. Black baseball clubs were considered minor league and were never organized. Barnstorming was
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