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Author Allen, Maury, 1932-2010.

Title Dixie Walker of the Dodgers : the people's choice / Maury Allen with Susan Walker
Published Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (289 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Contents How it all started -- The lingering legend -- The Walkers of Birmingham -- The Walker family baseball dynasty -- Watch out, Babe, Dixie is coming -- Estelle Shea Walker -- Arrival in Brooklyn -- The 1941 pennant and the 1944 batting title -- Jackie's early years -- Jackie and Dixie in 1947 -- The pennant, the World Series, and the long farewell -- The final playing years and a new career -- The sweet Dodger days -- Dixie, a baseball lifer -- Estelle carries the torch -- History's verdict
Summary Fred "Dixie" Walker was a gifted ballplayer, from a family of gifted athletes, who played in the majors for 18 seasons and in 1,905 games, assembling a career batting average of .306 while playing for the Yankees, White Sox, Tigers, Dodgers, and Pirates. Walker won the 1944 National League batting title, was three times an All-Star, and was runner-up for Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1946. He was particularly beloved by Brooklyn Dodgers fans, to whom he was the "People's Choice." But few remember any of those achievements today. Dixie Walker--born in Georgia, and a resident of Birmingham, Alabama, for most of his life--is now most often remembered as one of the southerners on the Dodgers team who resented and resisted Jackie Robinson when he joined the ball club in 1947, as the first African American major leaguer in the modern game. Having grown up in conditions of strict racial segregation, Walker later admitted to being under pressure from Alabama business associates when, in protest, he demanded to be traded away from the Dodgers
Notes Includes index
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Subject Walker, Dixie, 1910-1982.
Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team) -- History -- 20th century.
National League of Professional Baseball Clubs -- History -- 20th century.
World Series (Baseball) -- History.
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Walker, Susan, 1943-
ISBN 0817383581 (electronic bk.)
9780817383589 (electronic bk.)
(paperback: alk. paper)