Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball
Edited by Michael G. Long
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.
“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
Attention all readers! The Syracuse University Press Spring/Summer 2013 book catalog is now available on our website. This season we offer a wide array of new titles in series such as Sports History, Middle East Literature and Irish Studies, among others. There is sure to be a book of interest for all!
If you’re a baseball fanatic, we have the perfect read for you. Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball, edited by Michael G. Long, is an anthology of the baseball legend’s columns in the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam News discussing his insights on his professional career and the years following. Most of you remember Jackie as the star athlete who crossed baseball’s color line, but what you don’t know is what happened after those historic years. For a look inside the full story of the Hall of Famer’s life, be sure to pick up Jackie Robinson’s story, Beyond Home Plate, this April.
Another interesting title coming out this March is Steel’s: A Forgotten Stock Market Scandal From the 1920’s by Dave Dyer. This historic story takes you back into the rise and fall of the retail empire, created by Leonard Rambler Steel. After finding thousands of original documents and photos from the L.R. Steel Company, Dave Dyer provides a first-hand account on the uncovering of a massive stock market scandal that had been forgotten by history. With no other published accounts of this scandal, you must get your hands on Steel’s to learn the truth about the fascinating story of Buffalo-based Steel’s department store.
View the full Spring/Summer 2013 book catalog for more information on these two books and any of the other new SU Press books coming this spring!