FIRST EDITION OF WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY JACKIE ROBINSON TOGETHER WITH THE INSCRIPTION OF CARL T. ROWAN
ROBINSON, Jackie and ROWAN, Carl T. Wait Till Next Year. The Story of Jackie Robinson. New York: Random House, (1960). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Robinson's inside story of overcoming racial antagonism and discrimination in baseball, inscribed on the half title in the year of publication by him, "6-10-60 To John King with best wishes. I hope you enjoy 'Wait Till Next Year' Jackie Robinson," along with the inscription of his co-author Carl T. Rowan below, "I add my good wishes, Carl T. Rowan."
"Probably no other athlete has had a greater sociological impact on American sport than did Robinson. His success on the baseball field opened the door to black baseball players and thereby transformed the game. He also helped to facilitate the acceptance of black athletes in other professional sports, particularly basketball and football. His influence spread beyond the realm of sport, as he emerged in the late 1940s and 1950s as an important national symbol of the virtue of racial integration in all aspects of American life" (ANB). On publication, Wait till Next Year was immediately praised as "absorbing and exciting… not only the biography of a great athlete but of a spirited, dedicated American." Award-winning journalist and co-author Carl T. Rowan's "passionate reporting on race relations made him one of the most highly visible and vocal black men in America" (New York Times). With 16 pages of black-and-white photographic illustrations. "First Printing" stated on copyright page. Smith 18367. Grobani 8-52.
Book fine; slight edge-wear mainly to spine ends, mild soiling to colorful extremely good dust jacket.