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I never had it made : an autobiography of Jackie Robinson

Author: Jackie Robinson; Alfred Duckett; Cornel West; Hank Aaron
Publisher: [Hopewell, N.J.] : Ecco Press, ©1995. ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson's own account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues. I Never Had It Made  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Jackie Robinson; Jackie Robinson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jackie Robinson; Alfred Duckett; Cornel West; Hank Aaron
ISBN: 9780060555979 0060555971
OCLC Number: 52329165
Notes: Originally published: New York : Putnam, 1972.
Awards: Coretta Scott King Award, author, 1973
Description: xxiv, 279 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction / Cornel West --
Introduction / Hank Aaron --
Preface : Today / Jackie Robinson --
The noble experiment --
A dream deferred --
The noble experiment --
Breaking the color barrier --
The major leagues --
"Just another guy" --
My own man --
The price of popularity --
The growing family --
The ninth inning --
After the ball game --
New horizons --
Campaigning for Nixon --
The Hall of Fame Award --
Conflict at the Apollo --
Crises at home --
On being black among the Republicans --
Differences with Malcolm X --
The Freedom Bank --
Hope and disillusionment in white politics --
The influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. --
Jackie's prison --
Politics today --
" ... and he was free" --
Aftermath --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Autobiography of Jackie Robinson :
Responsibility: Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett ; introductions by Cornel West and Hank Aaron.

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Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson's own account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues. I Never Had It Made recalls Robinson's early years and influences: his time at UCLA, where he became the school's first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the "Noble Experiment" -- Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball. More than a baseball story, I Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson's life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Buckley, Jr., and Nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jackie, Jr.

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