Baseballs Pivotal Era, 1945-1951


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Baseball's pivotal era, 1945-1951 / William Marshall

Spectators still identified with players, whose salaries and off-season employment as postmen, plumbers, farmers, and insurance salesmen resembled their own. It was a time when kids played baseball on sandlots and in pastures, fans followed the game on the radio, and tickets were affordable.

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But perhaps no performance was more important than that of Jackie Robinson, whose entrance into the game broke the color barrier, won him the respect of millions of Americans, and helped set the stage for the civil rights movement. Spectators still identified with players, whose salaries and off-season employment as postmen, plumbers, farmers, and insurance salesmen resembled their own.


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It was a time when kids played baseball on sandlots and in pastures, fans followed the game on the radio, and tickets were affordable. But perhaps no performance was more important than that of Jackie Robinson, whose entrance into the game broke the color barrier, won him the respect of millions of Americans, and helped set the stage for the civil rights movement.

During these years, the game was led by A. Most owners thought he would be easily manipulated, unlike baseball's first commissioner, the autocratic Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Instead, Chandler's style led one owner to complain that he was the "player's commissioner, the fan's commissioner, the press and radio commissioner, everybody's commissioner but the men who pay him.

Marshall delivers a thoughtful and detailed picture of the crucial postwar years when baseball rallied to win. Pro baseball was largely bush league in the slumping years of WWII, and it emerged facing

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