Lectures > Jules Tygiel
OUSD Teaching American History Grant, In-Service, January 27, 2004
Oakland High School, Oakland, California

“Baseball as History: Jackie Robinson and The Civil Rights Struggle”  
Speaker: Jules Tygiel, Department of History
San Francisco State University

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Jules Tygiel link is a professor of history at San Francisco State University where he specializes in U.S. sports history (in particular baseball and Jackie Robinson) as well US and California history. He has written numerous books and articles including: Past Time: Baseball As History (New York Times Notable Book of the Year, 2000), Baseball's Great Experiment (named one of the Top 50 Sports Books of All-Time by Sports llustrated, 2003) and   "Ronald Reagan and the Triumph of Conservatism" in Next Stop, Vietnam  (University of California Press, forthcoming, 2004)

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* Links active as of January 2004

  • The Negro Leagues:an article by Jules Tygiel reprinted from the OAH Magazine of History (Summer 1992), Organization of American Historians

  • Beyond the Playing Field: Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate.
    This site from National Archives and Records Administration. includes links to original documents relating to Robinson, quotes from Robinson, and to information about using original source material.

  • By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson : A collection of materials located throughout the Library of Congress that tell his story.

  • The Best Red Sportswriter: Information on book which tells the story of Lester Rodney, sports editor of the Daily Worker, who helped lead a campaign to break the color line in American sports.
    Read the Foreword by J. Tygiel and an excerpt from Chapter 1 of the book (pdf).

  • Book review of Baseball's Great Experiment by Jules Tygiel
    http://www.dickiethon.com/~bookreviews/ baseball/

  • [email protected]: Jackie Robinson: An interactive exhibit on the triumphs and times of Jackie Robinson and his struggle to be the first African-American in the major leagues.


  • I Never Had It Made more information from amazon.com
    By Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett, Ecco Press, 1997

  • Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
    By Jules Tygiel, Oxford University Press, 1993

    more information from amazon.com

  • Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait more information from amazon.com
    By Rachel Robinson, with Lee Daniels, Harry N. Abrams, 1996

    Interview with Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, on her book Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America broadcast on NPR 4/15/04 (requires Windows Media Player)

  • The Jackie Robinson Reader: Perspectives on an American Hero
    by Roger Kahn (Editor), Jules Tygiel (Editor)
    Contains a 1946 report from the Major League Steering Committee, which defends the exclusion of blacks from the major leagues. more information from amazon.com

  • Press Box Red: The Story of Lester Rodney, the Communist Who Helped Break the Color Line in American Sports by Irwin Silber more information from amazon.com