Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Arnold Rampersad
ISBN-10 9780307788481
Year 2011-06-08
Pages 560
Language en
Publisher Ballantine Books
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The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad, who was chosen by Jack's widow, Rachel, to tell her husband's story, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers. We are brought closer than we have ever been to the great ballplayer, a man of courage and quality who became a pivotal figure in the areas of race and civil rights. Born in the rural South, the son of a sharecropper, Robinson was reared in southern California. We see him blossom there as a student-athlete as he struggled against poverty and racism to uphold the beliefs instilled in him by his mother--faith in family, education, America, and God. We follow Robinson through World War II, when, in the first wave of racial integration in the armed forces, he was commissioned as an officer, then court-martialed after refusing to move to the back of a bus. After he plays in the Negro National League, we watch the opening of an all-American drama as, late in 1945, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers recognized Jack as the right player to break baseball's color barrier--and the game was forever changed. Jack's never-before-published letters open up his relationship with his family, especially his wife, Rachel, whom he married just as his perilous venture of integrating baseball began. Her memories are a major resource of the narrative as we learn about the severe harassment Robinson endured from teammates and opponents alike; about death threats and exclusion; about joy and remarkable success. We watch his courageous response to abuse, first as a stoic endurer, then as a fighter who epitomized courage and defiance. We see his growing friendship with white players like Pee Wee Reese and the black teammates who followed in his footsteps, and his embrace by Brooklyn's fans. We follow his blazing career: 1947, Rookie of the Year; 1949, Most Valuable Player; six pennants in ten seasons, and 1962, induction into the Hall of Fame. But sports were merely one aspect of his life. We see his business ventures, his leading role in the community, his early support of Martin Luther King Jr., his commitment to the civil rights movement at a crucial stage in its evolution; his controversial associations with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Humphrey, Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Malcolm X. Rampersad's magnificent biography leaves us with an indelible image of a principled man who was passionate in his loyalties and opinions: a baseball player who could focus a crowd's attention as no one before or since; an activist at the crossroads of his people's struggle; a dedicated family man whose last years were plagued by illness and tragedy, and who died prematurely at fifty-two. He was a pathfinder, an American hero, and he now has the biography he deserves. From the Hardcover edition.

Who Was Jackie Robinson

Who Was Jackie Robinson Author Gail Herman
ISBN-10 9781101476550
Year 2010-12-23
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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As a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball. It was tough being first- not only did "fans" send hate mail but some of his own teammates refused to accept him. Here is an inspiring sports biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Rebecca Gomez
ISBN-10 9781617858987
Year 2010-09-01
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher ABDO Publishing Company
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A simple biography of the first African American to play major-league baseball, from his childhood in California, his college days, life in the Negro League, to playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

42 Faith

42 Faith Author Ed Henry
ISBN-10 9780718089054
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins Christian Publishing
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Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the hidden hand of God that changed history Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson’s family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie’s humanity that few have taken the time to see. Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, only moving forward after a private meeting with a minister he’d just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed. With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized. This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson’s already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Mary Kay Linge
ISBN-10 0313338280
Year 2007
Pages 163
Language en
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
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Profiles the first African American to play baseball in the Major League.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Richard Scott
ISBN-10 0870675559
Year 1989
Pages 169
Language en
Publisher Holloway House Publishing
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Traces the life of the athlete who broke the color barrier in major league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Jackie Robinson American Hero

Jackie Robinson  American Hero Author Sharon Robinson
ISBN-10 9780545540070
Year 2013-03-01
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Scholastic Inc.
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Just in time for the major motion picture release, discover everything you wanted to know about Jackie Robinson! To tie- in with the April 2013 release of the movie 42, the life story of Jackie Robinson, this full-color comprehensive biography will feature everything there is to know about this inspiring American hero. The movie, featuring high-profile actors such as Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, and T.R. Knight, explores Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey. The biography will explore what led up to Robinson's signing and what happened after. As the first black man to play major league baseball, his progress monumentally influenced the desegregation of baseball. Because of this, Robinson became an icon for not only the sport of baseball, but also for the civil -rights movement. Featuring photos throughout, this biography will be a sports tale and a history lesson. It will coincide with the movie and also provide many more Robinson details, introducing him to a new generation of readers.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Charles E. Pederson
ISBN-10 1604535261
Year 2009-01-01
Pages 112
Language en
Publisher ABDO
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in major league baseball.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Sally M. Walker
ISBN-10 9780876140420
Year 2002-08-01
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher Millbrook Press
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Describes the life and accomplishments of baseball star Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American in twentieth-century major-league baseball.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Darlene R. Stille
ISBN-10 9781616419400
Year 2013-01-01
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher ABDO
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Describes the life and accomplishments of the baseball player, from his childhood and early career in the Negro leagues to his landmark position on the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the baseball color barrier.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Joseph Dorinson
ISBN-10 9781317467243
Year 2015-04-29
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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With these words, President Clinton contributed to Long Island University's three-day celebration of that momentous event in American history when Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball. This new book includes presentations from that celebration, especially chosen for their fresh perspectives and illuminating insights. A heady mix of journalism, scholarship, and memory offers a presentation that far transcends the retelling of just another sports story. Readers get a true sense of the social conditions prior to Robinson's arrival in the major leagues and the ripple effect his breakthrough had on the nation. Anecdotes enliven the story and offer more than the usual "larger than life" portrait of Robinson. A melange of contributors from the sports world, academia, and journalism, some of Robinson's contemporaries, Dodger fans, and historians of the era, all sharing a passion for baseball, reflect on issues of sports, race, and the dramatic transformation of the American social and political scene in the last fifty years. In addition to the editors, the list of authors includes Peter Golenbock, one of America's preeminent sports biographers and author of Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947-1957, Tom Hawkins, the first African-American to star in basketball at Notre Dame and currently Vice-President for Communications of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bill Mardo a former writer for the New York Daily Worker, Roger Rosenblatt, teacher at the Southampton Campus of Long Island University, and author of numerous articles, plays, and books, Peter Williams, author of a study of sports myth, The Sports Immortals, and Samuel Regalado, author of Viva Baseball!: LatinMajor Leaguers and Their Special Hunger.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Author Rachel Robinson
ISBN-10 1419712144
Year 2014-03-25
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Harry N. Abrams
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The widow of Jackie Robinson provides a personal portrait of her husband, his rise to success, and his life after baseball.