Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait

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In the spring of 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking down baseball's decades-old color line and changing the face of the game forever. Now, in this intimate portrait, Robinson's widow, Rachel, tells her husband's story - and that of her life with him - from her unique perspective. But the tale of Jackie Robinson doesn't begin and end with baseball. It includes family, friends, and - after retirement - the business world and the civil rights movement. Confronted by ...
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In the spring of 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking down baseball's decades-old color line and changing the face of the game forever. Now, in this intimate portrait, Robinson's widow, Rachel, tells her husband's story - and that of her life with him - from her unique perspective. But the tale of Jackie Robinson doesn't begin and end with baseball. It includes family, friends, and - after retirement - the business world and the civil rights movement. Confronted by challenges at every turn, together the Robinsons struggled to live to the fullest in every way. Rachel Robinson describes the trials the family faced as carefully as she relates her husband's thrilling triumphs on the diamond. With a compelling foreword by noted historian Roger Wilkins and epilogues by the Robinsons' two living children, Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait presents a new and revealing picture of a man who is a hero to so many - black and white, old and young, male and female.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's a mythical character to the story of Jackie Robinson's life and his integration of major league baseball in 1947 that still inspires and amazes. No other professional athlete has combined such excellence and daring on the field with such a fiercely courageous social commitment off it. His wife's straightforward portrait of her life with Jackie, written with freelancer Daniels, has much the same effectone can't help but admire the both of them. She met Robinson at UCLA in 1939 ("He was very impressive"), where he starred in baseball, football and track; she recounts his army career and his acquittal on drunk and disorderly charges, after a confrontation with racist military police, in a notorious court martial. She happily contrasts the warm embrace of the Canadian fans after Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers top farm club, the Montreal Royals, with the racist harassment the couple experienced in Florida during that first spring training in 1946. And while she writes with the gentle, nostalgic voice of a wife and mother, Rachel Robinson has been a heroine in her own right and she notes her own formidable achievements: she was present at the strategy sessions of Robinson and Brooklyn Dodger president Branch Rickey; she runs the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation, which builds low- and moderate-income housing; and she launched the Robinson Foundation scholarship fund for minority youth after her husband's death in 1972. There is much about their family life and 310 b&w photographs in this quietly informative and often charming retelling of a great American story. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In this glowing tribute, the widow of Jackie Robinson uses memorable photographs to relate her husband's story and her life with him, including the trials and tragedies his family faced even as he triumphed on the field.
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This photo-rich (301 in all) biography of baseball's first black major leaguer was published in 1996 for $29.95. This edition offers that same high quality for half the original cover price.
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Robinson's widow paints a revealing picture of the man who changed the game of baseball. You'll be moved by the stories of triumph, pain, and love as seen through the eyes of one who knew him well. 11" x 9 1/2". B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810937925
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.87 (w) x 11.37 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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