Jackie Robinson: I Never Had It Made

(1972)

Impact

By the time his autobiography appeared in 1972, Jackie Robinson had transcended the concept of race that so divided Americans. I Never Had It Made is a warts-and-all story that captures Robinson’s doubts and dreams. The man who erased Organized Baseball’s color line lives on in his own words, speaking with candor and clarity to an entirely new generation of readers in the twenty-first century. As Cornel West, the author of the introduction to the 1995 edition, put it: “The most striking features of the book are its honesty, its courage and its wisdom. Here is a great American hero who refuses to be a mythical hero.”

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Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Library of Congress)

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