I Never Had It Made
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 c ...more
After finishing I Never Had It Made today, I called my brother and asked to speak to my dad, and after a good laugh, he said, call 1-800-H.E.A.V.E.N. (oh how I wish I could) I know as sure as I'm sitting here that my dad was listening to the historic game on his transistor radio back on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson made his major league debut as a Brooklyn Dodger. Why had I never asked him about it?
This amazing story of courage about a determined...more
This trajectory of knowing, my initial disbelief that there was ever a time when Black people could not play baseball with white is due to the world that Jackie Robinson helped to create, and I give thanks looking back that this is the wo ...more
Given the smug, patronizing way Baby-Boom liberals from Anna Quindlen to Matt Groening have appropriated the Civil Rights movement as their own personal victory, it's genuinely shocking to hear the way Jackie Robinson defends Richard Nixon and ridicules JFK.
Yet that's only one of the shocking secrets you'll learn in this long-forgotten (or is that long-suppressed?) heroic narrative of the black experience.
Review:Jackie Robinson is one of the few athletes whose importance and popularity transcended sports. “I Never Had It Made” is an excellent autobiography on his life, his outspoken views on the state of civil rights for black people during his life and oh, yes, a little bit about his baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers as well.
Most people know of his accomplishments on the baseball field and what he had to endure during his early years with the Dodgers, ...more
This book was on sale on the Nook last summer, and I started it in July after finishing Mariano Rivera's The Closer, and I was so desperate for more baseball. I made the mistake of starting, however, while teaching summer school, so I stalled out after about 75 pages and finally started reading again in late December. I read the last 160 pages, however, in the last few days. Somehow, I was just as riveted at his life post-baseball as I ...more
If you’re a sports fan you’ll enjoy reading about Jackie Robinson’s trials and tribulations. If you enjoy reading about history, you’ ...more
The story “I never had it made” is about a African American baseball player that couldn't really play because of his dark complected skin color. The main characters in this book are Jackie Robinson, The coach, and all the players that started to believe in him. Jackie Robinson wanted to prove he could be one of the best baseball players in the world as an African American.
Jackie Robinson happened to run into some problems while becoming a major league baseba ...more
High school and above reading level.
Alfred Duckett, his ghost writer also helped write Martin Luther King Jr's Why We Can't Wait and the I Have a Dream Speech (according t ...more
Jackie Robinson autobiography was a astonishing book. This told about a courageous young pioneer to break the color line. He set the tone for generations to come? He inspired young black men like me to be able to fight against the color barrier. He was a true sports pioneer that allowed people like me of color to be able to enjoy playing sports. I love Jackie Robinson because he wasn't afraid to go against the grain. Also he valued education and he was very smart and athl ...more
Jackie Robinson was interested in a lot more than baseball, and this book reflects that. More than half the book covers his post-altheltic years, and gives a fascinating insight into the civil-rights struggles of the fifties through the early seventies. Robin ...more