Cooperstown, New York and Birmingham, Alabama, are both in the United States."" This then and now commentary by Jackie Robinson, from his childhood on when his mother taught him to respect himself and to see that he received respect from others, is partly the story of the man who helped to bring integration to baseball, and since his retirement from the game, to further the cause elsewhere. From the time when Branch Rickey signed him up as the first Negro in the Majors in 1947, Robinson faced discrimination not only on the team, but elsewhere -- and his own story alternates with transcripts from other players, Henry Aarons, Ernie Banks, Jim Gilliam, etc. ""The big challenge to the Negro today is to fight for the right to be equal and then to qualify as an equal."" His book is a powerhitting attack toward that end.