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Monday, June 11, 2018

42 is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport

42 Is Not Just a Number42 is Not Just a Number is a biography about Jackie Robinson's life.  The book does a good job of going through Jackie's early life and the beginning of his major league baseball career.  It goes beyond just the facts and allows us to see the man Jackie became and how hard it was to become that man.  The focus on the early part of his life really helps the reader understand the sacrifices Jackie went through to play baseball in the major leagues. 

There were a few surprises that I learned about Jackie in the book.  His older brother was a phenomenal athlete who competed in the Berlin Olympics.  Jackie also lived in Hawaii for a period of his young adult life and returned to California days before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  The book is a quick read and definitely worth checking out if you are a baseball fan.  The only thing that could improve it is to add pictures.


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