I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

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Harper Collins, May 6, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

Before Barry Bonds, 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.

Originally published the year Robinson died, 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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"I Never Had It Made" is one of those "as told to" books in which another writer does the grunt work of actually getting the author's words onto a piece of paper in publishable form (in this case that ... Read full review

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Wonderful read whether you're an avid baseball fan or (like me) completely uneducated on the baseball world. Jackie Robinson's voice comes through loud and clear in a tone of humility, pride, and ... Read full review

Contents

A Dream Deferred
3
The Noble Experiment
26
Breaking the Color Barrier
37
The Major Leagues
53
Just Another Guy
71
My Own Man
78
The Price of Popularity
87
The Growing Family
104
Conflict at the Apollo
145
Crises at Home
151
On Being Black Among the Republicans
162
Differences with Malcolm X
176
The Freedom Bank
183
Hope and Disillusionment in White Politics
198
The Influence of Martin Luther King Jr
210
Jackies Prison
217

The Ninth Inning
116
After the Ball Game
123
New Horizons
125
Campaigning for Nixon
135
The Hall of Fame Award
141
Politics Today
236
And He Was Free
244
Aftermath
259
Epilogue
268
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About the author (2003)

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.

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