True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson

St. Martin’s. Apr. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9781250274045. $29.99. SPORTS
American baseball has seen some truly legendary players. While they all left their mark on the sport, few had the impact that Jackie Robinson did on the game and on society. Robinson’s impact transcended baseball because he broke the color barrier in 1947. Even now, 75 years after his first at bat, Robinson’s importance cannot be overstated. In this latest work, Kennedy (56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports) has written an unconventional biography of the baseball legend. The author writes about the four most important years of Robinson’s life, spanning the time from Branch Rickey’s signing him to the Brooklyn Dodgers to the athlete’s final years as a second baseman—all while Robinson endured racism from fellow athletes, opposing teams, and baseball fans. Kennedy notes that Robinson was not only an incredible baseball player but also an outstanding person who endured much throughout his life and career and paved the way for so many athletes today. The inclusion of occasional photographs and illustrations is a bonus.
VERDICT A fantastic, well-written biography; fans of baseball and of Robinson's career (on or off the field) must read this captivating book.
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