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I Never Had It Made - by Jackie Robinson & Alfred Duckett (Paperback)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Ecco Press

Book theme: General

Author: Jackie Robinson & Alfred Duckett

Language: English

Street Date: May 6, 2003
TCIN: 54267880
UPC: 9780060555979
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-2376

Description

The Autobiography of a Boy of Summer Who Became a Man for All Seasons

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.

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