The bestselling autobiography of American baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson
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.
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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About the Author
Jackie Robinson shared the turbulent and triumphant story of his life with freelance writer Alfred Duckett, who contributed to the powerful speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Co-author of I Never Had it Made, Alfred Duckett assisted Jackie Robinson in writing a newspaper column, and had an important role working on the speeches and sermons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Table of Contents
|The Noble Experiment|
|I||A Dream Deferred||3|
|II||The Noble Experiment||26|
|III||Breaking the Color Barrier||37|
|IV||The Major Leagues||53|
|V||"Just Another Guy"||71|
|VI||My Own Man||78|
|VII||The Price of Popularity||87|
|VIII||The Growing Family||104|
|IX||The Ninth Inning||116|
|After the Ball Game|
|XI||Campaigning for Nixon||135|
|XII||The Hall of Fame Award||141|
|XIII||Conflict at the Apollo||145|
|XIV||Crises at Home||151|
|XV||On Being Black Among the Republicans||162|
|XVI||Differences with Malcolm X||176|
|XVII||The Freedom Bank||183|
|XVIII||Hope and Disillusionment in White Politics||198|
|XIX||The Influence of Martin Luther King, Jr.||210|
|XXII||"... And He Was Free"||244|