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ROBINSON, Jackie and SMITH, Wendell
Jackie Robinson. My Own Story
New York: Greenberg, (1948). Octavo, Publisher's original red cloth, original dust jacket. First edition of Robinson's first autobiography, published the year after he broke baseball's color line and faced racist threats on and off the field to be named Rookie of the Year, with Foreword by Branch Rickey and 48 pages of photographic illustrations. "Jackie Robinson, breaking baseball's color barrier, gathered more attention than any other figure in the history of U.S. civil rights struggles" (Kelly, Integrating America). In 1997 Baseball Commissioner Selig underlined Robinson's revolutionary impact. "Throughout its long history," he said, "Major League Baseball has operated under the premise that no single person is bigger than the gameĀ–-no single person other than Jackie Robinson." On publication of My Own Story, co-authored with award-winning Black journalist Wendell Smith, it was praised as "a moving story from start to finish." In facing almost unrelenting racism that first year, "Robinson had to control his temper and he shrugged it off" (New York Times). Book fine showing no previous signs of ownership; light edge-wear, faint toning to spine, small loss to upper spine with colorful unclipped ($2.00) very good dust jacket. A collectible copy of a baseball classic. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Reginald C. Williams Rare Books [Glendale, CA, U.S.A.]
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