Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball

Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball

by Michael G. Long (Editor)


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Jackie Robinson is one of the most revered public figures of the twentieth century. He is remembered for both his athletic prowess and his strong personal character. The world knows him as the man who crossed baseball's color line, but there is much more to his legacy. At the conclusion of his baseball career, Robinson continued in his pursuit of social progress through his work as a writer. Beyond Home Plate, an anthology of Jackie Robinson's columns in the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam News, offers fresh insight into the Hall of Famer's life and work following his historic years on the baseball diamond.

Robinson's syndicated newspaper columns afforded him the opportunity to provide rich social commentary while simultaneously exploring his own life and experiences. He was free to write about any subject of his choosing, and he took full advantage of this license, speaking his mind about everything from playing Santa to confronting racism in the Red Sox nation, from loving his wife Rachel to despising Barry Goldwater, from complaining about Cassius Clay's verbosity to teaching Little Leaguers how to lose well.

Robinson wrote to prod and provoke, inflame and infuriate, and sway and persuade. With their pointed opinions, his columns reveal that the mature Robinson was a truly American prophet, a civil rights leader in his own right, furious with racial injustice and committed to securing first class citizenship for all. These fascinating columns also depict Robinson as an indebted son, a devoted husband, a tenderhearted father, and a hardworking community leader. Robinson believed that his life after his baseball career was far more important than all of his baseball exploits. Beyond Home Plate shows why he believed this so fervently.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815610014
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publication date: 03/08/2013
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the author, most recently, of Martin Luther King, Jr., Homosexuality, and the Early Gay Rights Movement.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Keeping the Legacy Straight xv

1 On Baseball and Golf 1

2 On Family and Friends 42

3 On Civil Rights 65

4 On Peace with Justice 102

5 On Politics with Principles 126

Index 155

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