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42 faith : the rest of the Jackie Robinson story
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9780718088804
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xxii, 333 pages ; 24 cm
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"Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson's family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie's humanity that few have taken the time to see. With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Branch Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized. This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson's already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too"--
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New York Times Bestseller

Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the hidden hand of God that changed history

Journalist and baseball lover Ed Henry reveals for the first time the backstory of faith that guided Jackie Robinson into not only the baseball record books but the annals of civil rights advancement as well. Through recently discovered sermons, interviews with Robinson's family and friends, and even an unpublished book by the player himself, Henry details a side of Jackie's humanity that few have taken the time to see.

Branch Rickey, the famed owner who risked it all by signing Jackie to his first contract, is also shown as a complex individual who wanted nothing more than to make his God-fearing mother proud of him. Few know the level at which Rickey struggled with his decision, only moving forward after a private meeting with a minister he'd just met. It turns out Rickey was not as certain about signing Robinson as historians have always assumed.

With many baseball stories to enthrall even the most ardent enthusiast, 42 Faith also digs deep into why Jackie was the man he was and what both drove him and challenged him after his retirement. From his early years before baseball, to his time with Rickey and the Dodgers, to his failing health in his final years, we see a man of faith that few have recognized.

This book will add a whole new dimension to Robinson's already awe-inspiring legacy. Yes, Jackie and Branch are both still heroes long after their deaths. Now, we learn more fully than ever before, there was an assist from God too.


Table of Contents

Larry KingJuan Williams
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Prologuep. xix
1 "I'm Taking a Chance Here"p. 1
2 Jackie in Winterp. 11
3 Rickey Had a Secretp. 21
4 Jackie on a Trainp. 35
5 "God Will Hove to Keep His Eye on You"p. 47
6 "I Resolved Not to Be a Doormat"p. 53
7 Branch Finds Godp. 63
8 Jackie Meets Mr. Rickeyp. 79
9 No Doubting Thomasp. 93
10 "All Heaven Will Rejoice"p. 103
11 The Conversion of Clay Hopperp. 119
12 Mo Sleep Till Brooklynp. 135
13 "Goose Pimples" at Ebbets Fieldp. 147
14 Prayers for Jackiep. 157
15 Uneasy Alliance with Campyp. 171
16 Losing Rickeyp. 185
17 "The Giants Win the Pennant!"p. 195
18 "How Do You Like That Garbage?!"p. 211
19 Robinson Traded to the... Giants?p. 225
20 Their Belief in God's Spiritp. 237
21 "My Son Deserved Better"p. 253
22 "Carl, I Pray for You Every Day"p. 269
23 The Last Hurrahp. 281
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
A Note on Unpublished Sourcesp. 297
Notesp. 299
About the Authorp. 333