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Bookmark: Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on LIfe After Baseball by Michael G. Long

cover of “Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball”

Syracuse University Press, 2013

The world knows Jackie Robinson as the first African-American man to play in Major League Baseball, but there is much more to his legacy.

After his athletic career, Robinson continued his quest for social progress through his work as a columnist for the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam News from 1959 to 1968. The writings offer Robinson’s reflections on issues such as civil rights, interracial marriage and the racism of the Boston Red Sox.

Editor Michael G. Long, also the editor of “First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson,” brings together an anthology of Robinson’s columns in “Beyond Home Plate”, offering fresh insight into the Robinson’s life and work beyond his career on the baseball diamond.

Listen to Michael Long talk about his book: