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In 1997 the American people will celebrate with great fanfare and publicity the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinsons explosive entrance into major league baseball. Robinson has become a national icon, his name a virtual synonym for pathbreaker.MoreIn 1997 the American people will celebrate with great fanfare and publicity the fiftieth anniversary of Jackie Robinsons explosive entrance into major league baseball. Robinson has become a national icon, his name a virtual synonym for pathbreaker. Indeed, much has transpired between this young African-Americans first bold strides around the baseball diamonds of a segregated America and General Manager Bob Watsons pride in assembling 1996 World Champion New York Yankees. Recognizing this monumental event in Americas continuing struggle for integration, Jules Tygiel has expanded his highly acclaimed Baseballs Great Experiment. In a new afterword, he addresses the mythology surrounding Robinsons achievements, his overall effect on baseball and other sports, and the enduring legacy Robinson has left for African Americans and American society.In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinsons crossing of baseballs color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinsons introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often neglected stories of other African-American players--such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron--who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinsons influence on American baseball and society.