Jackie Robinson in Quotes: The Remarkable Life of Baseball's Most Significant Player

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Page Street Publishing, Apr 19, 2016 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages

A Fresh Look at an Inspiring Historical Figure

Jackie Robinson in Quotes tells the life story of arguably the most important baseball player in history with over 400 pages of quotations by and about him. Featured are quotes by Robinson, his widow Rachel Robinson, other family members, friends, teammates, coaches, members of the media, and many more. Danny Peary has skillfully curated the best quotes to shed new light on the man behind number 42, who famously became the first black Major League Baseball player in 1947. The quotes speak for themselves, following Robinson through his childhood to his days as a young multi-talented athlete; his famous first meeting with Branch Rickey and signing with the Dodgers; then his exciting Hall-of-Fame career playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read in his own words how he had to face racism and abuse with stoic silence; and how later the true Robinson emerged—a ballplayer and political activist who refused to stay silent, and who for his whole life remained unswerving in his expectation that all Americans be treated equally, no matter their color.

Jackie Robinson in Quotes is a behind-the-headlines narrative about the making and life of a hero. It gives a first-hand account of Jackie Robinson’s baseball stardom, his friendships and rivalries, the people he loved and who loved him, the issues that troubled him, and how he took on all challenges to change the face of America’s favorite pastime, the country itself, and, thus, history forever.

 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
6
The Formative Years
8
College Man for All Seasons
29
The War Years
57
A Professional Baseball Player
73
Breaking Barriers
85
The Pioneer
132
Transcending Sports
182
The Fight for Social Justice
314
Man in the Middle
342
The Final Year
371
From Legend to Icon
390
BIBLIOGRAPHY
411
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
416
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
417
INDEX
418

A Ballplayer Who Couldnt Be Silenced
223
From the Spotlight into the Twilight
272

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About the author (2016)

Danny Peary is an acclaimed baseball historian. He is the author/editor of Baseball Immortal Derek Jeter: A Career in Quotes. He collaborated on the biographies Roger Maris and Gil Hodges, Ralph Kiner's autobiography Baseball Forever, and Tim McCarver’s Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans. He lives in New York.

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