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I Never Had It Made - Jackie Robinson & Alfred Duckett

I Never Had It Made

By Jackie Robinson & Alfred Duckett

  • Release Date: 2013-03-19
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 142 Ratings


The bestselling autobiography of American baseball and civil rights legend Jackie Robinson

Before Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I Never Had It Made is Robinson's own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues.

I Never Had It Made recalls Robinson's early years and influences: his time at UCLA, where he became the school's first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, on and off the field, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the "Noble Experiment"—Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.

More than a baseball story, I Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson's life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, William Buckley, Jr., and Nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jackie, Jr.

I Never Had It Made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field.


  • Inspiring story. I'd expect nothing less from such a legend.

    By John THW
    This is a great story of courage that inspires all humanity, a must read. Jackie Robinson fought the bullies not with his fists, but with his mind, his spirit, and he changed the hearts of his teammates, the fans, and the world. The movie 42 was terrific. This book, to hear Mr. Robinson tell his story, made me feel as if I was having a conversation with the legend.
  • Great Book

    By BigDUBlovesPeg&Maddy
    Every baseball fan should read this book. Jackie was as great a man as he was a baseball ball player.