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I Never Had It Made An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

ISBN-10: 0060555971
ISBN-13: 9780060555979
Edition: N/A
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/6/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 candid, hard-hitting 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. Originally published the year Robinson died, I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.

Introduction
Introduction
Preface: Today
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

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