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Baseball's Great Experiment : Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
by Jules Tygiel

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture : 1997 (Jackie Robinson)
by Alvin L. Hall (Editor), Peter M. Rutkoff

Jackie Robinson : A Biography
by Arnold Rampersad
In baseball and beyond, 1997 has been the year of Jackie Robinson, the 50th anniversary of his obliteration of the game's color line, and a time to reflect on a marvelous man whose heroism and decency cut far beyond the foul lines. Arnold Rampersad, a Princeton professor who's edited the poetry of Langston Hughes and the essays of Richard Wright, and collaborated with tennis great Arthur Ashe on his powerful memoir Days of Grace, steps up to the plate here with the first truly comprehensive Robinson biography. It's an important accomplishment, ripe with historical and social insight without losing sight of the human being at its core. Thoroughly researched--Rachel Robinson gave the author access to her husband's personal papers--and filled with fascinating new detail, the book, like its subject, consistently takes the extra base, thrilling with its overall skill, depth, and perspective.
I Never Had It Made : An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
I Never Had It Made : An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
by Jackie Robinson, Alfred Duckett
Book Description: 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.
Paperback from Ecco

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
by Marc Simont (Illustrator), Bette Bao Lord
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - 169 pages (September 1986)
HarperTrophy; ISBN: 0064401758

Jackie's Nine : Jackie Robinson's Values to Live by
by Jackie Robinson (Editor), Sharon Robinson (Editor)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover - 208 pages
Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0439237645

Jackie and Me : A Baseball Card Adventure (An Avon Camelot Book)
by Dan Gutman, Joe Stoshack (Introduction)

Jackie Robinson : Young Sports Trailblazer (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)
by Herb Dunn, et al

Thank You, Jackie Robinson
by Barbara Cohen, et al

A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson
by David A. Adler, Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Stealing Home : The Story of Jackie Robinson
by Barry Denenberg

The Story of Jackie Robinson : Bravest Man in Baseball
by Margaret Davidson
(Paperback - January 1988)

Jackie Robinson (Trophy Chapter Book)
by Kenneth Rudeen, Michael Hays (Illustrator)

They Shaped the Game : Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson
by William Jay Jacobs
Reading level: Ages 9-12
School & Library Binding - 80 pages
Atheneum; ISBN: 0684197340

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