Wednesday, April 26
Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy - Jules Tygiel (1983)
"It's true, what the historian Jules Tygiel points out in his rich, intelligent cultural history, Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy - professional baseball's experience since 1947 has certainly represented the considerable degree of racial desegregation that America has achieved since World War II. But whether baseball's achievements were actually a cause of larger black gains, or simply reflected forces unleashed during the war that made their effects felt everywhere, is another question - probably of the chicken-egg variety. Mr. Tygiel, who teaches history at San Francisco State University, does not insist that Branch Rickey, who was the general manager and part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and Jackie Robinson, whom Rickey signed up to play for his team, showed America how to integrate its black people. ..."
YouTube: Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
2009 September: Jackie Robinson, 2014 October: How Brooklyn Has Changed on Screen, 2016 March: Black Ball - Jules Tygiel and John Thorn (Essay), 2016 April: The Unsanitized Story of Jackie Robinson, 2017 April: Baseball color line