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Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson On Life After Baseball by Michael G. Long

By Michael G. Long

while he first took the sector for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke a colour barrier that reached again sixty years to the very origins of yankee baseball. He may cross directly to play in six international sequence and aid the Dodgers win the 1955 global Championship. yet Robinson used to be even more than simply a baseball participant. This e-book collects columns which Robinson wrote basically for the hot York publish and the recent York Amsterdam information, in addition to together with excerpts of letters among Robinson and politicians resembling Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy. those writings painting Robinson as a deeply passionate, clever, and eloquent guy with strongly-held convictions concerning the Civil Rights stream and the political judgements which formed the US within the Sixties and ‘70s. He used to be additionally a faithful husband and father conflicted through his skill to supply the easiest for his kids and his wish to continue them grounded within the struggles dealing with all African americans on the time. every one column is preceded by means of a quick contextualizing creation by way of lengthy, and Robinson’s columns are damaged into 3 topics: "On Baseball and Golf," "On kin and Friends," and "On Civil Rights." The brevity of the columns and Robinson’s vibrant imagery and compelling voice make this an soaking up and infrequently very relocating read.

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