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I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780060555979
Author(s): Jackie Robinson
Format: Paperback
Year: 2003
Publisher: Ecco Press
Dimensions: 137 x 203 x 21 (w x l x h)
Pages: 304
Pages: 14-18

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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 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 I
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