Jackie and Campy

  • by William C. Kashatus
  • Narrated by Lamarr Gulley
  • 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As star players for the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, and prior to that as the first black players to be candidates to break professional baseball's color barrier, Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella would seem to be natural allies. But the two men were divided by a rivalry going far beyond the personality differences and petty jealousies of competitive teammates. Behind the bitterness were deep and differing beliefs about the fight for civil rights.
Robinson, the more aggressive and intense of the two, thought Jim Crow should be attacked head-on; Campanella, more passive and easygoing, believed that ability, not militancy, was the key to racial equality. Drawing on interviews with former players such as Monte Irvin, Hank Aaron, Carl Erskine, and Don Zimmer, Jackie and Campy offers a closer look at these two players and their place in a historical movement torn between active defiance and passive resistance. William C. Kashatus deepens our understanding of these two baseball icons and civil rights pioneers and provides a clearer picture of their time and our own.

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What did you love best about Jackie and Campy?

Each of them accepted their uniqueness and learned how to walk in it. They lived the best life they knew.


What did you like best about this story?

I like hearing the background story as well as the front story. I like how the author runs back and forth between the two things.


Which character – as performed by Lamarr Gulley – was your favorite?

My favorites are Jackie, Ricky and Camponella.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I do not know. Jackie vs Camponella: Willingness to Make a Difference in Their Own Way.


Any additional comments?

I still have four more hours, and I plan to complete them. It is very soothing and interesting. My husband actually lay right in front of my computer while I was listening to the story and relaxed to take a little power nap. Hearing the clear narration did not bother him. Almost like a bedtime story, I guess. (smile) I listened to the first three hours over two different evenings.

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- Amazon Customer

Great History Lesson,

Would you listen to Jackie and Campy again? Why?

Absolutely, this history story was great and I learned a great deal about these two great and their struggles. One thing I have found, if the narration is not great I lose interest. Lamarr Gulley hit it out of the park and keep me interested the entire time.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Jackie and Campy?

To me this is a showcase on race and class in America as a whole. Two men with more in common then they realized facing racism in the sports arena.


Have you listened to any of Lamarr Gulley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

His best work yet. Enthusiasm to the max! Not just Robinson and Campanella, but throughout the book.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts made me a little sad to see what these two great men had to endure. This rendition kept me interested so I would listen every free moment.


Any additional comments?

I'm impressed with both the body of work, but also with Mr. Gulley's exceptional performance.

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- Jena Miller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2017
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks