The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson’ dives deeper into the important years in the life of the Pasadena hometown hero – Pasadena Weekendr
On Friday, Pasadena joins the nation in celebrating the 75th anniversary of the breaking of the Major League Baseball color barrier by African American Jackie Robinson when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919. His family moved to Pasadena the following year.
The youngest of five children raised by a single mother, Robinson was a four-sport star at Pasadena Junior College, which he attended in 1938 and 1939.
In the recent “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson,” author Kostya Kennedy dives deep into the “overlooked” and “untold” stories of Robinson’s life.
Kennedy writes about Robinson’s first year playing in the all-white minor leagues for the Montreal Royals in 1946, the time he won the 1949 Most Valuable Player award in his third season as a Brooklyn Dodger, his final season in Major League Baseball in 1956 and his untimely death in 1972.
“Kennedy examines each of those years through details not reported in previous biographies, bringing them to life in vivid prose and through interviews with fans and players who witnessed his impact, as well as with family. survivor of Robinson”, according to Barnes and Noble.
“These pivotal four years provide a unique insight into Robinson as a player, father and husband, and civil rights hero.”
Kennedy explained on the first page of the book why he titled his work “True”.
“Regardless of background and circumstance, Jackie Robinson has remained true – true to the effort and the mission, true to its beliefs and its contradictions.”
Kennedy is a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He has also written books on Joe DiMaggio and Pete Rose.