Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville by Stephen Jay Gould

By Stephen Jay Gould

Technology meets activity during this brilliant number of baseball essays via the overdue evolutionary biologist.Among Stephen Jay Gould's many presents was once his skill to write down eloquently approximately baseball, his nice ardour. over the years, the well known paleontologist released a variety of essays at the recreation; those have now been accumulated in a quantity alive with the candor and perception that characterised all of Gould's writing. listed here are his suggestions at the complexities of early life streetball and the thrill of commencing day; tributes to Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and lesser-knowns corresponding to deaf-mute centerfielder "Dummy" Hoy; and a frank admission of the contradictions inherent in being a lifelong Yankees fan with pink Sox season tickets. Gould additionally deftly applies the instruments of evolutionary concept to the dying of the .400 hitter, the Abner Doubleday production fantasy, and the improbability of Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak.

This e-book is a pride, an important addition to Gould's striking legacy, and a becoming tribute to his love for the sport.

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Robinson was named the most valuable player. The Dodgers however, lost the World Series to the New York Yankees. Robinson signed a new contract with the Dodgers. Daughter Sharon was born on January 13, 1950. 41 Robinson Book C 9/17/07 H A P 12:08 PM T E Page 42 R 7 In 1950 the Robinsons bought their own home in the St. Albans section of Long Island. It was primarily a white neighborhood. A motion picture—The Jackie Robinson Story—was made, starring Robinson. He liked the movie, but later on believed it was made too quickly and was not as well done as it could have been.

Six former athletes carried Robinson’s silver and blue coffin. It was covered with red roses. One of the athletes was basketball star Bill Russell from the Boston Celtics. The other five were former Brooklyn Dodgers who played with Robinson, including his close friend from the early days, Pee Wee Reese. The funeral cortege extended for several blocks. Jackie Robinson was taken to Cypress Hills Cemetery and buried near where his son had been laid to rest only a year earlier. 59 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 60 After Jackie Robinson’s death, Rachel Robinson established the Jackie Robinson Foundation for college scholarships.

He was the top batter in the league. In the final game of the season, he won the championship for Montreal. Robinson made his way through the crowds of adoring fans after the game. Women kissed him. Children crowded around him. He was hoisted to the shoulders of the fans. 33 Robinson Book 9/17/07 12:08 PM Page 34 On November 18, 1946, Rachel Robinson gave birth to the couple’s first child, Jack Junior, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. On April 10, 1947, Branch Rickey called Robinson to tell him he was now a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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