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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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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.
By Amazon Customer on 04-19-17
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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.