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message 1: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
We are gearing up for the 100th anniversary of Jackie’s birth on January 31, 1919 by reading this biography. Book was brought to our attention by Mike A. We hope many can join us in this read.


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Michael Linn | 10916 comments Just want to make sure I`ve got the correct book since there have been tons on him. Is it the one written in 1998 by an author named Rampersad ?
Mike Linn


message 3: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
Yes, Arnold Rampersad


message 4: by Michael Linn (new)

Michael Linn | 10916 comments Thank you, I went to Amazon & there were 3 books ALONE this year about Jackie. There`s a lot of meat on this bone
Mike Linn


message 5: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
He deserves it. I’ve read his autobiography but not this one. Started am have gotten halfway through chapter 2. Thank Mike A. This is fascinating, gives a lot of historical background info which I always enjoy.


message 6: by Mike (new)

Mike (mike9) | 6338 comments I always like reading about a player’s parents to see how they were influenced growing up and found Jackie’s mother to be a fascinating character in her on right.


message 7: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
Yes she is. She was determined to make a better life for her children and went west and then worked outside the home for her whole working career.


message 8: by Michael Linn (new)

Michael Linn | 10916 comments And the brother Mack is an interesting story himself, a world class type athlete in his own right
Mike Linn


message 9: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12713 comments Mod
You guys are making me anxious to read it - but I don't want to do so a little at a time like I do for most books. I finally have a "nothing" day on Sunday - that is when I am starting this.


message 10: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
Jack about to enter Pasadena Junior College. I did not realize he also played tennis.


message 11: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
Halfway through. I liked the background info about both Jack and Rachel’s families. Even though most of the ball playing info is review so to speak it is still enlightening reading about Jackie. I was humming the tune “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball” and my daughter asked if it was a big band song from the 1940s. I said in a nutshell yes and was impressed that she could identify as that. I’d like to finish by Monday because then things get busy here.


message 12: by Michael Linn (new)

Michael Linn | 10916 comments Am hoping things get busy in Vegas, but am not very convinced they will.
Mike Linn


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Brina wrote: "Halfway through. I liked the background info about both Jack and Rachel’s families. Even though most of the ball playing info is review so to speak it is still enlightening reading about Jackie. I ..."

I guess if they did a remake of Did You See Bryce Harper Hit That Ball it would have to be a rap. And there would need to be a verse about when he didn't and maybe when he got choked by his teammate for loafing and being obnoxious. Might not be as good of a song.


message 14: by Brina (new)

Brina | 8170 comments Mod
Lol. I guess today baseball would have to make a song about Javy because he is the only player who tries to steal home consistently. I finished and gave the book 4.5 stars. My only downgrading was from a writing standpoint that the voice sometimes switched back and forth from the author to Rachel and it was hard to tell who was writing. But the story was fantastic and I would be interested to read the author’s bios of either Ralph Ellison or Langston Hughes.


message 15: by Lance (new)

Lance (sportsbookguy) | 12713 comments Mod
A little housecleaning this morning led me to discover that I have a copy of this book that I bought at a book sale many months ago! So, it will be one of my early 2019 books. I have to catch up with the rest of you for this one.


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