Jackie Robinson swinging a bat in Dodgers uniform, 1954. Photo by Bob Sandberg. Published in LOOK, v. 19, no. 4, 1955 Feb. 22, p. 78.
Jackie Robinson, born January 31, 1919, and helped to end segregation in major league baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But Robinison was not only important historically—he was an All-Star baseball player, starting at first base, then taking over second for most of his career, all with The Brooklyn Dodgers. He also played himself in the Hollywood film, The Jackie Robinson Story. The Libraries has many books available to learn more about this fascinating baseball and civil-rights legend.—Elizabeth Periale
Jackie Robinson: a life remembered. Maury Allen. New York : Franklin Watts, 1987.
Jackie Robinson: race, sports, and the American dream. Edited by Joseph Dorinson and Joram Warmund. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c1998.
Opening day: the story of Jackie Robinson's first season. Jonathan Eig. New York: Simon & Schuster, c2007.
Carrying Jackie's torch: the players who integrated baseball—and America. Steve Jacobson. Chicago : Lawrence Hill Books, c2007.
First class citizenship: the civil rights letters of Jackie Robinson. Edited by Michael G. Long. Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972. New York: Times Books, c2007.
I never had it made: an autobiography. Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett; foreword by Cornel West; introduction by Hank Aaron. Hopewell, N.J.: Ecco Press, c1995.
Stealing home: an intimate family portrait by the daughter of Jackie Robinson. Sharon Robinson. New York, NY: HarperCollins, c1996.