Robinson, Jackie I Never Had It Made

ISBN 13: 9781423358596

I Never Had It Made

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9781423358596: I Never Had It Made

A straightforward yet inspiring story of what it took to be the first man of color to break into the white world of professional sports. Jackie Robinson's story is more than a telling of his tremendous talent; it is also a recollection that showcases his tenacious spirit, bravery and the courage of his ideals. From the early influences of family and friends, to his time at UCLA, to the army where he challenged racism and Jim Crow laws, Jackie Robinson traces his life to playing in the black leagues, frustrated by the abuses and restrictions of second-class status in professional baseball. As Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, began to look around for a player to break the color barrier in 1946, he knew he needed a man of character who could withstand the pressures of his "Noble Experiment." Choosing Robinson gave both of them the chance to prove what they believed in. Struggles that continued in his personal life and in response to the turbulent sixties are interpreted with insight by Robinson and will give listeners an added appreciation for the amazing strength of his character.

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Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era.

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This autobiography is more than the story of the first African-American to play major-league baseball. It's the story of a man of courage and conviction, from his early days in Los Angeles to the days when he worked for the NAACP, supported Richard Nixon, and battled diabetes. It's a treat to hear Ossie Davis read Robinson's words. Davis's pace is sure and even. His deep voice resonates with a rich smoothness. The abridgment has been done with skill, giving assurance that none of the pivotal points of Robinson's life have been overlooked. P.B.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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