Beyond Home Plate
Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Rachel 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. ...
Introduction: Keeping the Legacy Straight
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Jackie Robinson, a hero of the Republican Party? I simply could not believe it, but after surfing my way to GOP.com, I found it—a photograph of a youthful Robinson sporting his baseball uniform on a webpage titled “Heroes.” The brief bit of text under the photo was rather flat in its prose: ...
1. On Baseball and Golf
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I’ll never forget the day Branch Rickey, former president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, asked me to join his baseball organization. I would be the first Negro to play in organized baseball—that is, if I were good enough to make the grade. ...
2. On Family and Friends
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My own childhood is one reason I try to win all the time. When I was 1-year-old, my mother was left alone on a farm in Georgia with five small children. I’ve never seen my father. My mother took us in dirty Jim Crow coaches to Pasadena, Calif., and raised us there. ...
3. On Civil Rights
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In our struggle for equal opportunity here in America, people very often ask: “What can I as an individual do to help?” For instance, I hear almost daily from both Negroes and whites who are anxious to be of some practical service in righting wrongs and opening doors. ...
4. On Peace with Justice
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So it’s the same old story all over again. A Negro is boldly and brutally lynched in Mississippi. The murderers are reportedly known and identifi ed. And yet everybody claims there’s nothing whatsoever that can be done about it. ...
5. On Politics with Principles
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Back in 1947 when I joined the Dodger baseball club, there were a couple of Dodgers who objected to Branch Rickey about my coming on the team. Later, however, they came to me to pass on tips as to how I might help win games. ...
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Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Sports and Entertainment
Series Editor Byline: Steven Riess