Jonathan Eig talked about his book Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, published by Simon and Schuster. The author contended that Robinson was not the best player in the Negro leagues nor had a great deal of experience playing baseball. He was a football and basketball star at UCLA. However, Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey chose Robinson as much for his attitude as his ability. He described Robinson’s interaction with his teammates and opponents throughout his first season in major league baseball, which marked the integration of the game. He talked about the hostile environment that allowed for few mistakes by the first baseman. The season marked the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in the major leagues. After his presentation the author responded to audience members' questions. close
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