I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

by Jackie Robinson, Alfred Duckett


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060555979
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 05/06/2003
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 49,576
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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

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

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