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Jackie Robinson's #42 is the only number retired across Major League Baseball, as his contributions to baseball and to American society can hardly be calculated. As Kostya Kennedy describes in his book, "True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson," he became a hero to generations of Americans thanks to his stoic, determined and thoughtful approach to dealing with the horrors of racial injustice. Kostya chose four key "seasons" that defined Robinson's life both on the field and off, and describes them in vivid detail. Kostya also describes his encounters with Rachel Robinson, who has survived Jackie by five decades. For baseball fans, there are detailed analysis' of Jackie's swing, of the area around Ebbet's FIeld, and of some of the biggest plays in his career. For those who want to understand how one man can change so much, this episode is for you.
Kostya Kennedy's website can be found at: http://www.kostyakennedy.com/
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More information about his book can be found at https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250274052/truethefourseasonsofjackierobinson
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