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Jackie Robinson Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

Kenneth Rudeen is a journalist and the author of several sports biographies for children. His career in journalism began with a paper route for the Kansas City star when he was a boy. As a teenager he started working at the newspaper, learning to write from the old time reporters. After graduating from the University of Kansas, Kenneth Rudeen joined Sports Illustrated magazine, where he continues to work as an editor. He lives with his wife in South Salem, New York.

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Jackie Robinson

by Kenneth Rudeen
illustrated by Michael Hays

Harper Collins 1996

When Jackie Robinson first stepped up to bat for the Brooklyn Dogers in 1947, he faced a long hard battle. People called him horrible names. Pitchers aimed the ball right for his head. And players used the spikes on their baseball shoes to cut his legs.

Jackie Robinson didn't back down. As the first black player in the white major leagues, he had made up his mind to play ball–and to open baseball's doors to all black men. This is the story of his triumph.

Jackie Robinson art by Michael Hays ©2010