Beyond Home Plate
Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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R achel Robinson deserves my immediate thanks. She kindly granted me permission to publish the material included in this book, met with me to discuss an early version of the manuscript, and suggested points that I had overlooked in my analysis of her husband’s public life. Rachel is a smart, caring, professional woman who has worked incredibly hard to ...
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Jackie Robinson, a hero of the Republican Party? I simply could not believe it, but after surfi ng my way to GOP.com, I found it—a photo-graph of a youthful Robinson sporting his baseball uniform on a webpage titled “Heroes.” The brief bit of text under the photo was rather fl at in its prose: “Not only was he a great athlete, Jackie Robinson was also a great ...
1On Baseball and Golf
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Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in August 1945 when he signed a letter of agreement that bound him to the Brooklyn Dodg-ers. The plan to shatter baseball’s color barrier was the brainchild of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Dodgers. Two months after signing the let-ter of agreement, Robinson received a formal contract to play for the Montreal ...
2On Family and Friends
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In 1955 Robinson wrote a series of three articles for “Look,” one of the most popular magazines in the country, and below is an excerpt from the one titled “Now I Know Why They Boo Me.” Accompanying the article was a photo of the Robinson family standing in front of their new home in Stam-ford, Connecticut. Although he is sometimes depicted as a rugged individu-...
3On Civil Rights
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Robinson was a popular public speaker following his retirement from base-ball, and it was a role he relished. He loved meeting people, pricking their consciences, and encouraging them to keep their eyes on the prize of racial justice. The column below is especially remarkable because it includes a hopeful, and personal, word to those who become frustrated in their efforts ...
4On Peace with Justice
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On April 25, 1959, a mob of whites kidnapped Mack Charles Parker from his cell in the Pearl River County, Mississippi, courthouse, where he had been waiting for his trial on charges of raping a white woman, and riddled his body with bullets before dumping it into the Pearl River. A month later, the federal government claimed that no federal crime had been committed ...
5On Politics with Principles
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Robinson stakes out an independent position in American politics—one that selects candidates simply on their record of “making democracy work.” Nine months after writing the column excerpted here, Robinson heaped praise on his favorite Democratic candidate—Senator Hubert Humphrey. “From the very fi rst, Humphrey has made it all too plain that his position ...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Sports and Entertainment
Series Editor Byline: Steven Riess