FIRST EDITION OF WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY JACKIE ROBINSON AND HIS CO-AUTHOR, 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.
First edition of Robinson's inside story of overcoming racial antagonism and discrimination in baseball, inscribed in the year of publication: "5-25-60 Best wishes, Jackie Robinson," and also with the inscription of his co-author Carl T. Rowan below: "I hope you're as proud of me as I am of you. Love Carl."
"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 with a few tiny spots of foxing to interior, front inner paper hinge expertly reinforced, and small bump to top corner. Dust jacket with faint scattered foxing and only light rubbing to extremities. A near-fine inscribed copy.