Multcolib North Portland Picks: Jackie Robinson

Annotation:Biography Channel biography of Jackie Robinson's life. Great video clips including induction into Baseball Hall of Fame. Runs 3 minutes, 12 second.

Annotation:1946 video of rookie Jackie Robinson, second baseman for the Montreal Royals, who changes the face of baseball forever.

Annotation:From National Visionary Leadership Project's Oral History Archive. Nine videos of Robinson's wife, Rachel, plus biographical info and other links.

I Never Had It Made
I Never Had It Made An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson By Robinson, Jackie Book - 1995 796.357 R66i 1995 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Autobiography of an African American who broke the color barrier in major league baseball and devoted his life to achieving justice. Foreword by Cornel West. Introduction by Hank Aaron.

I Never Had It Made
I Never Had It Made An Autobiography By Robinson, Jackie Downloadable Audiobook - 2008
First Class Citizenship
First Class Citizenship The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson By Robinson, Jackie Book - 2007 796.357 R66fL 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Never-before-published letters to -- and personal replies from-- Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Nelson Rockefeller, and Barry Goldwater offer a rich portrait of Jackie Robinson as a fearless advocate for racial justice at the highest levels of American politics.

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson An Intimate Portrait By Robinson, Rachel Book - 1996 796.357 R66rr

Annotation:In an evocative, humorous, and personal style, Rachel Robinson reveals her husband as a sensitive and committed individual--to both his family and the public. Her keen observations and sharp memories are enhanced by a collection of over 300 photographs that allow readers into the late baseball player's life.

The Jackie Robinson Story
The Jackie Robinson Story Streaming Video - 2007

Annotation:This vintage film biography of Jackie Robinson traces his career from the Negro Leagues to the Major Leagues where he was the first to break the "color line".

What I Learned From Jackie Robinson
What I Learned From Jackie Robinson A Teammate's Reflections on and Off the Field By Erskine, Carl Book - 2005 796.357 R66e 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation: "Jackie needed to quell his anger the first couple of years, a task which only someone of this inner strength and vision could have coped with at that moment. When I reflect and wonder what it must have been like for a man who should have been at the happiest of moments in his life, to still have to deal with racial indignities on a daily basis, it is mind-boggling. Most mortal men would have cracked."-- Former teammate and long-time friend Carl Erskine.

Opening Day
Opening Day [the Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season] By Eig, Jonathan Audiobook CD - 2007 CD- 796.357 R66ei All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.


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