I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson, Alfred Duckett

By Jackie Robinson, Alfred Duckett

The Autobiography of a Boy of summer time Who turned a guy for All Seasons

Before Barry Bonds, prior to Reggie Jackson, ahead of Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one indisputable trait in universal: they have been all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, notable a vital blow for racial equality and altering the area of activities without end. I by no means Had It Made is Robinson's personal candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to develop into the 1st black guy in heritage to play within the significant leagues.

I by no means Had It Made recollects Robinson's early years and affects: his time at UCLA, the place he turned the school's first four-letter athlete; his military stint in the course of global battle II, while he challenged Jim Crow legislation and narrowly escaped courtroom martial; his years of frustration, off and on the sphere, with the Negro Leagues; and at last that fateful day whilst department Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what turned often called the "Noble Experiment"—Robinson could step as much as bat to combine and revolutionize baseball.

More than a baseball tale, I by no means Had It Made additionally finds the highs and lows of Robinson's existence 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 afflicted dating along with his son, Jackie, Jr.

Originally released the 12 months Robinson died, I by no means Had It Made endures as an inspiring tale of a guy whose heroism prolonged well past the taking part in field.

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We have a network of 110 stations, and I have the job every night of walking into the best seat in the ballpark and describing Cardinal baseball for the folks in Missouri and Illinois, and Kentucky and Tennessee, and Indiana and Oklahoma, and Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, and Minnesota. “The thing that happened when they told me about this Ford Frick Award. All of my family, all of my friends, and the Cardinal fans told me that they were proud of me. And that made me so proud to have done what I was able to do, lucky as I have been.

Applause) “Yes sir, baseball has given me many happy days and fine rewards, but this day, the day of receiving the Ford Frick Award, is the pinnacle, the zenith, the most important day of my baseball life. I feel honored and privileged today to be here with you. My wife, Dutchy, thanks you. Our children all thank you, and from the very, very bottom of my heart, I thank you. ” (applause) The Writer St. Louis has been blessed with some of the best baseball writers in the country. Two of the greatest, J.

I miss being with my ballclub. . So when I’m able to digest what has transpired here this weekend, and Tuesday night walk up into the booth, have the best seat in the house, and broadcast for a team that has a pretty fair chance of winning this year, I want the Cardinal fans to know, when they hear me, that I’m humble, happy, and very grateful. Thank you. (applause) Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech Harry Caray Ralph Kiner’s Introduction: “It’s a pleasure for me to be able to be in this position to present the Ford C.

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