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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480502994
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/12/2013
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface: Todayxxi
The Noble Experiment
IA Dream Deferred3
IIThe Noble Experiment26
IIIBreaking the Color Barrier37
IVThe Major Leagues53
V"Just Another Guy"71
VIMy Own Man78
VIIThe Price of Popularity87
VIIIThe Growing Family104
IXThe Ninth Inning116
After the Ball Game
XNew Horizons125
XICampaigning for Nixon135
XIIThe Hall of Fame Award141
XIIIConflict at the Apollo145
XIVCrises at Home151
XVOn Being Black Among the Republicans162
XVIDifferences with Malcolm X176
XVIIThe Freedom Bank183
XVIIIHope and Disillusionment in White Politics198
XIXThe Influence of Martin Luther King, Jr.210
XXJackie's Prison217
XXIPolitics Today236
XXII"... And He Was Free"244

Customer Reviews

I Never Had It Made 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story about race relations in Baseball and the US during the era. I read this on vacation during the 50th march on Washington celebrations and it was very relevant to today. my only disappointment is that not enough is known about Jackie in his after life of Baseball
supermanboidy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting to hear Jackie's voice, but sadly disappointing in overall tone. The book is mostly about Robinson's racial struggles, rather than the major events and achievements of his life. The book is overwhelmingly bitter with few rests for positive moments along the way. His baseball career and achievements fly by with greater emphasis on later years and racial struggles. We're talking two pages about the '55 World Series. TWO PAGES! It's worth stepping into Jackie's shoes, but be prepared once you're in them.