What I Learned From Jackie Robinson: A Teammate's Reflections On and Off the Field

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McGraw Hill Professional, Feb 1, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 162 pages
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"Jackie needed to quell his anger the first couple of years, a task which only someone of this inner strength and vision could have coped with at that moment. When I reflect and wonder what it must have been like for a man who should have been at the happiest of moments in his life, to still have to deal with racial indignities on a daily basis, it is mind-boggling. Most mortal men would have cracked."--Carl Erskine, from the book

Jackie Robinson changed the game of baseball forever when he paved the way for equality in sports. In What I Learned from Jackie Robinson, former teammate and friend Carl Erskine shares his memories of Jackie's crusade in a loving social memoir.

Written with New York Times bestselling coauthor Burton Rocks and filled with personal photos, this moving portrait of friendship takes readers for the first time inside the locker room, inside the soul of Jackie, and inside the hearts of his friends, teammates, and oppressors. As a former Dodger, with access to the important people from Jackie's life, Erskine talks with Robinson's widow and also shares memories about:

Yogi Berra

Whitey Ford

Sandy Koufax

Stan Musial

Pee Wee Reese

Roy Campanella

Don Drysdale

Billy Martin

and many other players, coaches, sportswriters, and entertainers who remembered Jackie on and off the field. A retrospective on a man who fought for his cause until death, this memoir is a testament to the man and the game that brought the world together when it was falling apart.

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Review: What I Learned From Jackie Robinson: A Teammate's Reflections On and Off the Field

User Review  - Sharonh - Goodreads

It was an interesting baseball story memoir... but there wasn't much about Jackie Robinson... or not enough... which is why I was reading the book in the first place, lol Read full review

Review: What I Learned From Jackie Robinson: A Teammate's Reflections On and Off the Field

User Review  - Chris Dean - Goodreads

Better than I expected. Nice to read how the lessons learned in the title have very little to do with baseball, but about tolerance, patience, at times confrontation, but mostly love. Pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Read full review


The Robinson Way
My First Day at School
How Robinson Rejuvenated Baseball

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About the author (2005)

Carl Erskine played twelve seasons with the Dodgers. Following his retirement in 1960, he returned to Anderson College in Indiana to coach baseball for twelve seasons, during which time his teams won four Hoosier College Conference championships and earned an appearance in the NAIA College World Series. He continues to be a community leader, participating in numerous organizations and businesses.

Burton Rocks is the coauthor, with former New York Yankee Paul O'Neill, of the New York Times bestseller Me and My Dad.

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