Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1960. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated with photographs. First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Jackie Robinson on free endpaper: "Best wishes / Jackie Robinson." Additionally signed by Carl T. Rowan beneath Robinson's signature. Publisher's black cloth-backed gray lined boards, spine lettered in red, and yellow endpapers; in its original white dust jacket designed by Anita Walker, with photo of Robinson to front panel, lettered in white and black. Near fine book, with corners very lightly bumped, small gift inscription to front free endpaper, pen dashes next to a few paragraphs throughout text, and a few words underlined in pen and pencil; near fine clipped dust jacket, with light toning to spine, light wear to head of spine, and light rubbing to front panel and front flap fold. Overall, an exceptional copy, scarce signed. Wait Till Next Year is the "inside story of one of the most dramatic personalities of our time, and a re-creation of many of the most exciting moments in baseball" (front flap). A baseball legend, Jackie Robinson is credited with breaking the league's color line when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Robinson served in the military from 1942 to 1944 and was a member of the 761st "Black Panthers" Tank Battalion at Fort Hood, Texas. His time with the Battalion came to an end on July 6, 1944 when he refused to sit at the back of an Army bus and was subsequently arrested. In his Hall of Fame career, he won Rookie of the Year, NL MVP in 1949, and was selected for six All-Star games. An all-time great baseball player and an important figure in the civil rights movement, he was included in Time magazine's 1999 list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Since 2004, the MLB has celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on April 15th (Robinson made his MLB debut on April 15, 1947), a day on which players from every team wear Robinson's number "42" to honor him and his achievements. Item #JROB002