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
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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