Two Pioneers How Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball--and America Robert C. Cottrell

ISBN: 9781597978422

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Two Pioneers How Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball--and America  by  Robert C. Cottrell

Two Pioneers How Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball--and America by Robert C. Cottrell
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As the first great Jewish player in the major leagues and the first African American to play in organized baseball during the twentieth century, respectively, Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson are forever linked because of the barriers theyMoreAs the first great Jewish player in the major leagues and the first African American to play in organized baseball during the twentieth century, respectively, Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson are forever linked because of the barriers they encountered, the discrimination they endured, and the athletic gifts they exhibited.

Both suffered ridicule and abuse as they participated in the national pastime. Nevertheless, each excelled. Greenberg became one of the preeminent sluggers of the 1930s and 1940s. Robinson, from the mid-1940s into the following decade, helped bring back speed and a thinking man’s approach to the game, both of which had largely been discarded for a generation.Two Pioneers presents these remarkable players’ experiences while competing in a nation that was deeply divided on social issues such as anti-Semitism and racism.

Both men earned nearly as much attention off the field as they did on it. Greenberg called into question the idea of a “master race” as Adolf Hitler rose to power and gained supporters all over the world. Likewise, Robinson contested racial notions regarding the supposed inferiority of people of African ancestry, even though segregationists proved determined to maintain social barriers separating black and white. It is only fitting that when Robinson finally crossed baseball’s color line, Greenberg was one of the first players to welcome him publicly.Robert Cottrell’s well-researched work shows how two baseball superstars became important figures in the civil rights crusade to ensure that all Americans, no matter their religion or race, are given equal opportunity.



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