Jackie Robinson: I Never Had It Made

(1972)

I Never Had It Made is the 1972 autobiography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the man who integrated Major League Baseball (MLB). The historic role of Robinson in the integration of professional athletics and more broadly in the U.S. civil rights movement cannot be overestimated. It has been said that the major leagues were slightly ahead of the curve in expanding the rights of all players based on talent rather than skin color.

Robinson’s autobiography is a significant document because it details his life both on and off the field. As a role model for all African Americans, he...

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Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Library of Congress)

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