I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
  • I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
  • I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
  • I Never Had It Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
ISBN: 0060555971
EAN13: 9780060555979
Language: English
Release Date: May 6, 2003
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.76" H x 8" L x 5.32" W
Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

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 I, 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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