Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Interview on Beyond the Game About Major League Integration

April 15 is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut in 1947. In February, I appeared on the White Plains Community Media program Beyond the Game hosted by John Vorperian to discuss my recent book, The Golden Era of Major League Baseball: A Time of Transition and Integration (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

Our discussion focused on the historical arc of integration in major league baseball, including the struggles of black players with more average major-league ability than the likes of Robinson, Doby, Irvin, Minoso, Mays, Aaron, and Banks--elite players all who were the trailblazers in integration--for the opportunity to compete with white players of comparable ability for starting positions, may the best player win. Other topics in the interview included player-managers and the 1964 Phillies collapse.


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