Once you get past the opening ode to the rosin bag ""I love everything about baseball,""--you'll find a hard core at the center here just as prickly as the horsehair stuffing of the old baseball. And although Robinson now says that racial prejudice on the team is on its way out, he certainly experienced a great deal of it during his ten years of National League play. He was also hit by pitched balls, some deliberate, 128 times in one season, and he doesn't hesitate in naming Drysdale as one of the more offensively aggressive pitchers. Facts like these, along with his comments on his own weaknesses (immaturity in the early years for one thing) that stiffens this account of a former National League Rookie of the Year who has been a strong contender except during years plagued by a bad arm or a statistical slump at the plate. Well, ""baseball is all that matters with me"" and this is for others like him--no glitter to the diamond, just plainspoken shoptalk.