After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes: An Oral History

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To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the breaking of baseball's color barrier, an exploration of Jackie Robinson's impact and legacy by the people whose lives were transformed by his courage

When Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he forever changed the game of baseball -- and America itself. In After Jackie, author Cal Fussman traces Robinson's enormous legacy in sports, politics, and the civil rights movement through the men (and women) who came after him. With moving and intimate interviews of more than one hundred former major league players of African-American descent, as well as such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Muhammad Ali, and Walter Cronkite, among others, After Jackie recalls the day one man altered history for so many, and the history that followed.

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Author Cal Fussman is uniquely qualified to bring After Jackie to vivid life. As a writer for ESPN The Magazine and Esquire, he has in recent years transformed oral history into a virtual art form, conducting probing interviews with many of the men who have shaped America's last half century: Jimmy Carter, Robert DeNiro, Jack Welch, Muhammad Ali, General Tommy Franks, Robert McNamara, Donald Trump, Ted Kennedy, Sumner Redstone, George Steinbrenner, Jeff Bezos, Al Pacino and Rudy Giuliani to name a few. In the world of sport, he has profiled Yao Ming, Serena Williams and LeBron James. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School in 1978, Fussman has swum over an 18-foot Tigershark, boxed against world champion Julio Cesar Chavez, run the New York marathon and received nearly perfect scores as a contestant at the Jack Daniel's World Championship barbecue tournament. He lives with his family in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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"Rather than recounting the trials of Jackie Robinson's life, Fussman focuses on the extent of his cultural impact. By incorporating anecdotes from notable members of twentieth century Americana, including Bill Cosby, Walter Cronkite and Ken Burns, the book explores Robinson's perpetually swelling legacy instead of his linear life. It's a fascinating way to go about a biography. Fussman reveals Robinson's entrance into major league baseball to be bigger than sports and ultimately about more than just racial divisions." -- Esquire

"The Pitch: A look at race in American through the prism of baseball, from Jackie Robinson's debut to Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
Curveball: The Dodgers literally stole Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs, subsequent poaching led to the Negro Leagues demise.
Final Score: Players describe daily humiliations (a clubhouse manager used a long stick to pick up Curt Flood's uniform), epitomizing a sad tradition of injustice that still stings." -- Entertainment Weekly, Grade: A

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