Beyond Home Plate
Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball
Edited by Michael G. Long
"Jackie Robinson was much more than a splendid athlete who made history
by his glittering skills on the baseball field and his courage in breaking
racial barriers there. A highly intelligent, sensitive, searching human being,
he was also a man of many ideas and opinions that challenged the status
quo in America at every turn. Michael Long’s Beyond Home Plate richly
documents this larger vision of one of our most revered national icons."—Arnold Rampersad, author of Jackie Robinson: A Biography
"Beyond baseball, beyond race, beyond politics, Jackie
Robinson stands as one of the most important figures in
American history, and Beyond Home Plate shows us why.
Michael Long’s terrific book is an indispensable addition
to the story of Robinson’s incredible journey."—Jonathan Eig, author of Opening Day:
The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season
Michael G. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics,
religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Marshalling
Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letters of Thurgood Marshall.
Book Description »[Hide »]
Jackie Robinson is one of the most revered public figures of the twentieth
century. He is remembered for both his athletic prowess and his strong
personal character. The world knows him as the man who crossed baseball’s
color line, but there is much more to his legacy. At the conclusion of
his baseball career, Robinson continued in his pursuit of social progress
through his work as a writer. Beyond Home Plate, an anthology of Jackie
Robinson’s columns in the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam
News, offers fresh insight into the Hall of Famer’s life and work following
his historic years on the baseball diamond.
Robinson’s syndicated newspaper columns afforded him the opportunity
to provide rich social commentary while simultaneously exploring his own
life and experiences. He was free to write about any subject of his choosing,
and he took full advantage of this license, speaking his mind about
everything from playing Santa to confronting racism in the Red Sox nation,
from loving his wife Rachel to despising Barry Goldwater, from complaining
about Cassius Clay’s verbosity to teaching Little Leaguers how to lose well.
Robinson wrote to prod and provoke, inflame and infuriate, and sway and persuade. With their pointed opinions, his columns reveal that the mature Robinson was a truly American prophet, a civil rights leader in his own right, furious with racial injustice and committed to securing first class citizenship for all. These fascinating columns also depict Robinson
as an indebted son, a devoted husband, a tenderhearted father, and a
hardworking community leader. Robinson believed that his life after his
baseball career was far more important than all of his baseball exploits.
Beyond Home Plate shows why he believed this so fervently.
Table of Contents »[Hide »]
1. On Baseball and Golf
2. On Family and Friends
3. On Civil Rights
4. On Peace with Justice
5. On Politics with Principles
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6 x 9, 248 pages, notes, index