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robbie_dee
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posted 30 November 2004 03:07 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This book is on my Christmas list this year. Anyone else familiar with the works of Lester Rodney, great sports writer for the Communist Daily Worker?

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Long before Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson to a Brooklyn Dodger contract in 1945, Lester Rodney, the newly hired and first sports editor of the Communist Daily Worker, launched the campaign that proved decisive in eventually breaking baseball's color line.

But in the hostile anti-Communist climate of those years and for many years after, Rodney's story remained largely unknown. It therefore came as a surprise to many when Arnold Rampersad, in his authoritative 1997 biography of Jackie Robinson, wrote: "In the campaign to end Jim Crow in baseball, the most vigorous efforts came from the Communist press, most notably from Lester Rodney." Now Press Box Red tells the story of that remarkable 11-year campaign and of Rodney's unique career covering sports for the Daily Worker until he left the Communist Party in 1958.


http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/1648_reg.html


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