. . . dared to don the uniform of a major league ball player in 1947. He was the first Negro to play for the majors. The story of the battle that preceded and the years that followed that break with the traditional white supremacy of the big league ball parks, is unfolded with great skill, to make a narrative of sufficient strength to interest non-fans as well as bleacher addicts. Milton J. Shapiro, who wrote The Sal Maglie Story, etches an indelible portrait of the contentious and courageous Robinson, keeping his mercurial temper in check through his first year with the Dodgers, then intermittently ""popping off"", to the delight of sports writers and the despair of his managers. Through the decade-plus of his affiliation with the big league, Jackie hoped to lick the Yankees. Before he left the diamond for good, he helped the Dodgers to World Championship. And he left the door open for other Negroes to enter the majors.