Featuring original interviews with key players and weaving together the narrative of one of baseball’s greatest seasons with the racially charged events of that year, 1954 demonstrates how our national pastime—with the notable exception of the Yankees, who represented white supremacy in the game—was actually ahead of the curve in terms of the acceptance of black Americans, while the nation at large continued to struggle with tolerance.
On cold winter days like this one, baseball fans need something to warm their hearts. Giants fans and others can feel good about an upcoming book. Bill Madden, who knows a thing or two about baseball in the Big Apple, has written, “1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever.”
His book will be released on May 6, Willie Mays’s birthday.
Best part about this one?
Giants fans no longer have to remember when ’54 was the last one…