I Never Had It Made

Author: Jackie Robinson
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 006228729X
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The Autobiography of a Boy of Summer Who Became a Man for All Seasons 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.

Jackie Robinson

Author: Charles E. Pederson
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 9781604535266
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in major league baseball.

Jackie Robinson

Author: Mary Kay Linge
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313338281
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Profiles the first African American to play baseball in the Major League.

Black Camelot

Author: William L. Van Deburg
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226847184
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In the wake of the Kennedy era, a new kind of ethnic hero emerged within African-American popular culture. Uniquely suited to the times, burgeoning pop icons projected the values and beliefs of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and reflected both the possibility and the actuality of a rapidly changing American landscape. In Black Camelot, William Van Deburg examines the dynamic rise of these new black champions, the social and historical contexts in which they flourished, and their powerful impact on the African-American community. "Van Deburg manages the enviable feat of writing with flair within a standardized academic framework, covering politics, social issues and entertainment with equal aplomb."—Jonathan Pearl, Jazz Times "[A] fascinating, thorough account of how African-American icons of the 1960s and '70s have changed the course of American history. . . . An in-depth, even-tempered analysis. . . . Van Deburg's witty, lively and always grounded style entertains while it instructs."—Publishers Weekly

Out of the Shadows

Author: David K. Wiggins
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 9781610752954
Format: PDF
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The original essays in this comprehensive collection examine the lives and sports of famous and not-so-famous African American male and female athletes from the nineteenth century to today. Here are twenty insightful biographies that furnish perspectives on the changing status of these athletes and how these changes mirrored the transformation of sports, American society, and civil rights legislation. Some of the athletes discussed include Marshall Taylor (bicycling), William Henry Lewis (football), Jack Johnson, Satchel Paige, Jesse Owens, Joe Lewis, Alice Coachman (track and field), Althea Gibson (tennis), Wilma Rudolph, Bill Russell, Jim Brown, Arthur Ashe, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Venus and Serena Williams.

A People s History of Sports in the United States

Author: David Zirin
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586636
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In this long-awaited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog “The Edge of Sports” is read each week by thousands of people across the country, Dave Zirin offers a riotously entertaining chronicle of larger-than-life sporting characters and dramatic contests and what amounts to an alternative history of the United States as seen through the games its people played. Through Zirin’s eyes, sports are never mere games, but a reflection of—and spur toward—the political conflicts that shape American society. Half a century before Jackie Robinson was born, the black ballplayer Moses Fleetwood Walker brandished a revolver to keep racist fans at bay, then took his regular place in the lineup. In the midst of the Depression, when almost no black athletes were allowed on the U.S. Olympic team, athletes held a Counter Olympics where a third of the participants were African American. A People’s History of Sports in the United States is replete with surprises for seasoned sports fans, while anyone interested in history will be amazed by the connections Zirin draws between politics and pop flies. As Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, puts it, “After you read him, you’ll never see sports the same way again.”

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture 2005 2006

Author: William M. Simons
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786432128
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This anthology gathers selected papers from the 2006 and 2007 meetings of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, the long-running academic conference held annually at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Essays in the first of the volume's six sections, "The African American Experience," examine Negro League playing styles as cultural expression, media coverage of Curt Flood's battle against MLB, and autobiographical accounts by Flood and Jackie Robinson that recall slave-narrative tradition. In "The Women's Game" the legacy of Title IX is explored, along with gender constructions at the time of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Teams and their towns are the focus of "Baseball and Community"; essays deal with Dodgertown and Vero Beach, baseball and advertising in Brooklyn, and the baseball identity of a mining town in New Mexico. In "Baseball Ideology" the game's films, wartime rhetoric, and the approaches to its ethnic history are investigated. Essays in "Biography: Baseball Lives" relate the true stories of a Depression-era felon treated to a World Series game at Wrigley and the post-Katrina struggles of pitching great Mel Parnell. Finally, in "The Business of Baseball," essayists gauge the effects of the recent steroids scandal, three decades of free agency, and MLB's new global perspective.

How to Be Like Jackie Robinson

Author: Pat Williams
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
ISBN: 0757394868
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Long before the blockbuster movie "42" was conceived, Pat Williams told the story of the courage, commitment and character of Jacke Robinson. Through deeply inspiring examples using Jackie's own words and actions, How to Be Like Jackie Robinson proves that, not only is he one of our greatest heroes, but he is also one of our greatest teachers. Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, changing the great American sport forever and inspiring future generations to emulate his courage, his commitment and his decency. No other book about Jackie Robinson presents him as fully and truthfully as How to Be Like Jackie Robinson and none is as uplifting. Drawing on more than 1,100 interviews with Jackie's family and friends, his teammates and opponents, and the people whose lives he touched and shaped, Pat Williams shows how Jackie's life and the values he embodied serve as models for us all. Each example of Jackie's courage and character will inspire you to live each day with the same commitment to decency and humanity. 'He had a fire in him. His whole life, he believed if things were wrong, he wanted to change them. He had a strong belief in himself and in what was right, and he was not going to tolerate injustices to people. Jackie Robinson couldn't stand being on the sidelines and being left out of the action.' -Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson 'Jackie Robinson was my hero. Jackie was a gifted athlete, but he was a man of integrity.' -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hall of Fame basketball player 'I loved Jackie Robinson. You remembered him if you ever met him. He had that kind of impression on you for the rest of your life. If you list the fifty or 100 most significant Americans of all time, Jackie Robinson has to be on the list.' -Dave Anderson, author and New York Times sports columnist

In Search of the Republican Party

Author: Cleo E. Brown
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469193205
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Although Slavery in The United States ended with the end of The Civil War, a new type of bondage developed to reinforce the old status quo and the caste order. Consequently, freedom did not truly occur in The United States until after the work of Civil Rights Activist, DR. Martin Luther King Jr., had been fi rmly entrenched with-in the society. Reinforcing the values of The Civil Rights Movement was the election to The Presidency of Barak Obama. The irony of the Barak Obama win, however, is that Barak Obama is a Democrat. For from 1848 to the present day The Republican Party has been the political home of most prominent minorities in The United States. The values of The Civil Rights Movement have always been the values of The Republican Party. The biographies, therefore, within In Search of The Republican Party, are an attempt to recreate the role of The Republican Party in securing Freedom, Liberty, Human Rights, and Constitutional Guarantees for the minorities.