Regular price: $19.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $19.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Add to Library for $0.00

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

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.
©2014 William C. Kashatus (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Tsien on 05-03-18

Jackie and Campy Take On Brooklyn and Race.

Pleasant story of how two All Time Greats in Brooklyn Dodger's history set the tone in the delicate racial integration of baseball and open the door to several other Black players, who quickly became the best stars in the National League: Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Robinson.

The narrator reveal the different styles of Robinson and Campy as they represented Black players on white teams before huge white audiences for the first time on the field and also as spokesmen before some of the great New York sports writers, broadcasters, and biracial fans across the nation

Many great moments came from their appearances in six World Series, 1949-1956.

Tragedy would cause the early death of both Black baseball legends and Hall of Famers. Jackie died of heart disease and diabetes, Campanella from wheel-chair-bound paralysis due to an automobile collision.

Read More Hide me
5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-19-17

I am pleased with the service 3hrs so far.

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.

Read More Hide me
See all Reviews