42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story Hardcover – April 4, 2017 by Ed Henry
Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the hidden hand of God that changed history
Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson’s family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie’s humanity that few have taken the time to see.
Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, only moving forward after a private meeting with a minister he’d just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed.
With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized.
This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson’s already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too.
David Alan Grier “THE FIRST” (Jackie Robinson) Lonette McKee 1981 FLOP Playbill
This is a rare November 1981 playbill (with a loose ticket stub from the December 3rd, 1981 evening performance) from the Original Broadway production of the JOEL SIEGEL, BOB BRUSH and MARTIN CHARNIN musical flop “THE FIRST” which played the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City.
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season Hardcover – March 20, 2007 by Jonathan Eig (Author)
This detailed, authoritative account of one of the most important seasons in baseball history chronicles the day when, in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and played first base for the Dodgers. .
What I Learned From Jackie Robinson: A Teammate’s Reflections On and Off the Field Hardcover
AN INTIMATE LOOK AT JACKIE ROBINSON’S FIGHT FOR EQUALITY, FROM FORMER TEAMMATE AND LONGTIME FRIEND CARL ERSKINE
“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.”–Carl Erskine, from the book
Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe Multi-Signed 8×10 Photo ( and JSA Auth)
Brooklyn Dodgers legends Jackie Robinson Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe have signed this 8×10 photo. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play, and is famous for breaking down baseball’s color line. Robinson was also an outstanding baseball player, winning the 1947 MLB Rookie of the Year, 1949 NL MVP, the 1955 World Series, and being named an All-Star six times. His #42 has been retired by all MLB teams, and he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Roy Campanella was one of the greatest players in the 1950s, he is widely considered one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. A three time NL MVP (1951, 1953, &1955) and an eight-time All Star, Campanella was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969. Don Newcombe won many awards during his career with the Dodgers. In 1949 he won NL Rookie of the Year honors and was the first African American pitcher to start a World Series game. In 1951 he became the first African American pitcher to win 20 games in one season. In 1956 he won the NL MVP award and won the first inaugural Cy Young Award. He is one of two players (the other being Justin Verlander in 2011) to have won the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player award. This photo includes authentication from both PSA/DNA and JSA.
The story of six ordinary ballplayers whose paths crossed in the 1947 World Series—and the ways that epic October changed their lives
The 1947 World Series was “the most exciting ever” in the words of Joe DiMaggio, with a decade’s worth of drama packed into seven games between the mighty New York Yankees and underdog Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson’s first Series, a postwar spectacle featuring Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway and President Harry Truman in supporting roles. It was also the first televised World Series – sportswriters called it “Electric October.”
But for all the star power on display, the outcome hinged on role players: Bill Bevens, a journeyman who knocked on the door of pitching immortality; Al Gionfriddo and Cookie Lavagetto, bench players at the center of the Series’ iconic moments; Snuffy Stirnweiss, a wartime batting champion who never got any respect; and managers Bucky Harris and Burt Shotton, each an unlikely choice to run his team. Six men found themselves plucked from obscurity to shine on the sport’s greatest stage. But their fame was fleeting; three would never play another big-league game, and all six would be forgotten.
Kevin Cook brings the ’47 Series back to life, introducing us to men whose past offered no hint they were destined for extraordinary things. For some, the Series was a memory to hold onto. For others, it would haunt them to the end of their days. And for us, Cook offers new insights—some heartbreaking, some uplifting—into what fame and glory truly mean.
The National Pastime: 2017 Issue: New York, New York: Baseball in the Big Apple Kindle Edition by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) (Author), Marty Appel (Author), & 8 more
In 2017 the SABR national convention took place in New York City. As SABR has done since 2008, the annual issue of The National Pastime centered around the convention site. Organized chronologically, the articles in the 2017 issue on “Baseball in the Big Apple” run from a detailed roster of 19th century baseball pioneers researched and compiled by John Thorn, to a recap of Cubans who have played for New York teams in the postseason and World Series by Reynaldo Cruz Diaz. Along the way we meet figures both obscure and well known, from the 19th century promoter of women’s baseball teams (jailed for having improper relations with his underage athletes) to the clown prince turned managerial genius, Casey Stengel, from the first champion broadcaster of the World Series, Graham McNamee, to the first woman to own a baseball team purchased with her own fortune, Joan Whitney Payson of the Mets. Among the city’s fascinating episodes in baseball history, we have the day the Giants and Yankees put aside their feuding to raise money for the survivors of the Titanic, Babe Ruth and the Yankees playing a game at Sing Sing Prison, and Jackie Robinson and Alvin Dark colliding at the peak of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry.
Bill Purdom’s illustration for the cover of Hometown Heroes.
Bill Purdom’s illustration for the cover of Hometown Heroes.
Front Row: Barry Larkin, Travis Jackson, Honus Wagner, Don Drysdale, Carl Hubbell, Craig Biggio, Jim Rice, Roy Campanella, Roberto Clemente, Brooks Robinson, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Al Kaline, Joe DiMaggio.
Middle Row: Bill Mazeroski, Bobby Doerr, Red Faber, Pie Traynor, Luke Appling, Whitey Ford, Willie Stargell, Robin Yount, Mike Schmidt, Mel Ott, Addie Joss, Kirby Puckett, Bob Feller, Derek Jeter, Jim Palmer, Tony Gwynn, George Brett.
Back Row: Charlie Gehringer, Ted Lyons, Earle Combs, Ross Youngs, Bill Dickey, Bill Terry, Fred Clarke, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Lemon, Mariano Rivera, Carl Yastrzemski, Bob Gibson, Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken, Jr., Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Walter Johnson, Stan
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete Paperback – July 24, 2007 by William C. Rhoden –
From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built.
Provocative and controversial, Rhoden’s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden reveals that black athletes’ “evolution” has merely been a journey from literal plantations—where sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirrings—to today’s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. He details the “conveyor belt” that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they’re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason.
The power black athletes have today is as limited as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today’s shackles are often the athletes’ own making.
Third and a Mile: From Fritz Pollard to Michael Vick–an Oral History of the Trials, Tears and Triumphs of the Black Quarterback-by William C Rhoden
An oral history of the fifty-year struggle to level football’s playing fields
Long after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, after Texas Western beat Kentucky to shake up the basketball world, America’s black quarterbacks found themselves trapped on football’s sidelines unable to play the game they loved unless they moved to wide receiver — or to Canada. A collection of voices young and old, William C. Rhoden’s Third and a Mile chronicles for the first time the heroic struggle to topple the sports world’s staunchest racial barrier. Filled with personal anecdotes and firsthand recollections, the book includes testimony from NFL greats such as Warren Moon, Doug Williams, Vince Evans, James Harris, Marlin Briscoe, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Daunte Culpepper, and Michael Vick.
The Team That Forever Changed Baseball and America: The 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers (Memorable Teams in Baseball History) Paperback – April 1, 2012 by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
Of all the teams in the annals of baseball, only a select few can lay claim to historic significance. One of those teams is the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers, the first racially integrated Major League team of the twentieth century. The addition of Jackie Robinson to its roster changed not only baseball but also the nation. Yet Robinson was just one member of that memorable club, which included Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Pete Reiser, Duke Snider, Eddie Stanky, Arky Vaughan, and Dixie Walker. Also present was a quartet of baseball’s most unforgettable characters: co-owners Branch Rickey and Walter O’Malley, suspended manager Leo Durocher, and radio announcer Red Barber.
This book is the first to offer biographies of everyone on that incomparable team as well as accounts of the moments and events that marked the Dodgers’ 1947 season: Commissioner Happy Chandler suspending Durocher, Rickey luring his old friend Burt Shotton out of retirement to replace Durocher, and brilliant outfielder Reiser being sidelined after running into a fence. In spite of all this, the Dodgers went on to win the National League pennant over the heavily favored St. Louis Cardinals. And of course, there is the biggest story of the season, where history and biography coalesce: Jackie Robinson, who overcame widespread hostility to become Rookie of the Year—and to help the Dodgers set single-game attendance records in cities around the National League.