Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

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Overview

When Jackie Robinson first stepped up to bat for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 194 7, he faced a long, hard battle. People called him horrible names. Pitchers aimed the ball right for his head. And players used the spikes on their baseball shoes to cut his legs.

Jackie Robinson didn't back down. As the first black player in the white major leagues, he had made up his mind to play ball-and to open baseball's doors to all black men. This is the dramatic story of his triumph.

Author Biography: Kenneth Rudeen has written many sports biographies for young readers, including Roberto Clemente (see p. t.k). He lives in South Salem, NY.

Michael Hays is the illustrator of several books for children, including Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger and Hello, Tree! by Joanne Ryder. He lives in Oak Park, IL.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780690002089
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/1971
Series: Crowell Biography Ser.
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kenneth Rudeen has written many sports biographies for young readers, including Roberto Clemente. He lives in South Salem, NY.

Michael Hays is the illustrator of several books for children, including Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger and Hello, Tree! by Joanne Ryder. He lives in Oak Park, IL.

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Chapter One

Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean. Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon. Everyone knows about these men because they were the first to do what they did. One of the best ways to become famous is to do something no one has ever done before.

Jackie Robinson is such a hero. In 1947 he became the first black man to play major-league baseball. When Jackie stepped up to the plate to bat for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he opened baseball's doors to all black men. He played baseball in the major leagues for ten years.

At the end of his playing career any man could play baseball in the major leagues — if he was good enough. Many of the best players were black. Jackie Robinson was voted by newspaper sports writers into the Hall of Fame, the greatest honor in baseball.

But it was not easy for him to achieve these things.

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