Family enjoy an easy-care indoor and outdoor lifestyle

first_img5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.The property, which is fully fenced, is on an elevated setting that takes full advantage of the leafy mountain views.There is an automatic double garage with internal access and an extra twin carport. 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.Greg and Vicki Goad have lived at their Samford Valley home for the past 10 years and are ready to downsize.They moved into the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 5 Teatree Close on Australia Day, after Mrs Goad’s 60th birthday. 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.He said sitting by the dam or on the back patio enjoying a glass of red wine were the perfect places to chill out.“On a Sunday afternoon, we sit by the dam, boil the billy and have a chat about the week just gone and week to come,” Mr Goad said. 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.The property is on 0.90ha, with parklike grounds and is in a convenient location within five minutes to Samford Village. Mr Goad said he had a history in designing and constructing houses and added some special touches throughout the home.“I think a family would enjoy the home,” Mr Goad said.“When we bought the block there wasn’t a tree on it, we put in well over 1000 trees and shrubs.“There’s a billabong down the back, turtles and fish in the dam, and we have every bird you can think of around here.” 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.Mr Goad said they were getting close to 70 now and had a commitment with their grandchildren.“We will probably stay around the Ferny Hills or Ferny Grove area,” Mr Goad said.He said he absolutely loved the Samford Valley and surrounds.“Coming home is just beautiful,” he said. “We have the best neighbours, too.”The Dave Philips architecturally designed home embraces an easy-care indoor and outdoor lifestyle.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019last_img read more

Strickler joins elite club with Super Nationals championship repeat

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – Kyle Strickler wrote his name in the record book again Saturday night, at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Strickler became just the third Modified driver to win back-to-back Super Nationals titles, dicing his way back to the front following a couple late restarts to take the checkers ahead of 2013 champion Dylan Smith and 19th starting Ricky Thornton Jr. at Boone Speedway.“I looked at the scoreboard and saw who was behind me. I was pretty sure where they were going to go,” said Strickler, who earned $3,300. “My heart sunk when I got up on the cushion and I saw three cars go by me but I was going to drive as hard as I needed to get the lead back.”Jordan Grabouski and Adam Larson completed the top five. Thirteen states and two Canadian provinces were represented in the Modified main event.A record 876 drivers, from 25 states, Canada and Australia, competed at IMCA’s centennial season and 33rd annual Super Nationals. A purse of more than $275,000 plus another $60,000 in contingency awards went home with those drivers.Also winning Saturday night championships were Dustin Larson in the Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the Northern SportMods and Jason Wilkinson in the Hobby Stocks.Larson led all 30 laps of the Stock Car feature, becoming the first Minnesota driver to rule that class at Super Nationals. Larson’s victory was good for $3,100. Mike Nichols was second and Chris Mills took third.Luellen took the SportMod lead late, then held on against defending king Johnathon Logue for the $2,250 win. Logue had taken the lead on the second lap and settled for runner-up honors. Third was Nick Meyer.Wilkinson earned his career second Hobby Stock title, and $600, leading the last eight circuits. Also the 2010 champ, he led Andrew Burg and Brandon Nielsen across the stripe.Winners of Race of Champions events were Dustin Smith in the Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC, Kevin Opheim in the Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car RoC, Myles Michehl in the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock RoC, and Lucas Lamberies in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod RoC.Smith’s win paid $2,200, Opheim’s $575, Michehl’s $800 and Lamberies’ $350.Nate Coopman was the first champion crowned during the week after winning the Tuesday night Sport Compact main event. Jeff Aikey won his record-tying fifth Late Model title, and 65th Deery Brothers Summer Series feature on Thursday.Aikey earned $3,510, Coopman $480.Jimmy Gustin took the $1,750 checkers in Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational.Champions’ shares of the purse included Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonuses based on their number of sanctioned starts during the point season. Lap money was paid in each race of champions event and the All-Star race.Also on Saturday, IMCA and Casey’s General Store presented a check for $5,000 to Hope for the Warriors, the national non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen.Accepting that check were veterans and honorary starters Travis Hansen, Nick Guernsey and Jay Soupene.Saturday Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 5. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 6. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 7. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 8. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 9. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 10. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 11. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 12. Jason Cum­mins, New Richland, Minn.; 13. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Da­vid Brown, Kellogg; 16. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M.; 18. J.D.  Au­ringer, Waterloo; 19. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 20. Nick Deal, Walnut; 21. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 22. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 23. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 24. Mike Ha­gen, Williston, N.D.; 25. Josh Most, Red Oak; 26. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 27. William Gould, Cal­era, Okla.; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 29. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 30. Wade Cross, Phil­lips, Neb.; 31. Jason Murray, Hartford; 32. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 33. Lucas Schott, Chat­field, Minn.Stock Cars – 1. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 3. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 4. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 5. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 6. Heath Tulp, Britt; 7. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 8. Dalton Flory, Williston, N.D.; 9. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; 10. Gary Bass, Des Moines; 11. Randy Brands, Boyden; 12. Bob Daniels, Des Moines; 13. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 14. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 15. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 16. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 17. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 18. Kenneth Tietz, Belle Plaine, Minn.; 19. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 20. Jason Minnehan, Churdan; 21. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 22. Josh Daniels, Carlisle; 23. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 24. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 25. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 26. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 27. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 28. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 29. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; 30. Donavon Smith, Lake City. Hobby Stocks – 1. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; 2. Andrew Burg, Grimes; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 4. John Watson, Des Moines; 5. Corey Madden, Avoca; 6. Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; 7. Michael Prutt, Redfield; 8. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 9. Jason Fusselman, Shelby; 10. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 11. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 12. Luke Ramsey, Bedford; 13. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; 14. Brandon Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 15. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 16. Steve Larson, Decorah; 17. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 18. Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; 19. Jus­tin Nehring, Storm Lake; 20. Leah Wroten, Independence; 21. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 24. Matthew McAtee, Minburn; 25. Craig Graham, Webster City; 26. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 27. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger; 28. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 29. Tim Barber, Story City; 30. Nathan Ballard, Marengo.Northern SportMods – 1. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 2. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 3. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 4. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 5. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan.; 6. Jared VanDeest, Holland; 7. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 8. Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; 9. Jerry Hinton, Adel; 10. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Greg Metz, Washington, Kan.; 12. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.; 13. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa; 14. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 15. George Nordman, Mason City; 16. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; 17. Randy Roberts, Boone; 18. Matthew Looft, Swea City; 19. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 20. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 21. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; 22. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 23. Jacob Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 24. Jeff Schmuhl, Fall River, Wis.; 25. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 26. Doug Smith, Lanesboro; 27. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 28. Tory Mack, Surrey, N.D.; 29. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 30. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill. Modified Race of Champions – 1. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 6. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 9. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 10. John Gober, Poolville, Texas; 11. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 12. Jesse Sob­bing, Malvern.Stock Car Race of Champions – 1. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 2. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 3. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 4. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 5. David Smith, Lake City; 6. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 7. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 8. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 9. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 10. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.Hobby Stock Race of Champions – 1. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Austin Brauner, St. Edward, Neb.; 6. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 8. Leah Wroten, Independ­ence; 9. John Watson, Des Moines; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle.Northern SportMod Race of Champions – 1. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 2. Clint Luel­len, Minburn; 3. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 4. Brandon Toftee, Webster City; 5. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 6. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Alex Zwanziger, Nashua; 8. Joshua Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; 9. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; 10. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.last_img read more

Pat Holder donates trophies to Suriname’s President and Director of Sport

first_imgVETERAN sports personality Pat Holder on Sunday evening handed over two trophies to the Surinamese Director of Sport, Luciano Mentowikromo, at the IGG closing ceremony held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. One of the trophies is meant for Surinamese President, Desi Bouterse, while according to Luciano the other will be placed in the country’s Olympic Association archives.The trophies were prizes that Holder won from participating in his first two cycling meets in Suriname in 1951 and 1952. He had won Bronze at both events. Holder told Chronicle Sport he could think of no better people to take care of the trophies.Earlier last year,Holder had made a similar gesture to Guyana’s President David Granger. Paying the President a courtesy call, Holder bestowed on the President the second trophy he ever won some 66 years ago in cycling. Holder and President Granger attended the same primary school in Queenstown where both the 71-year-old Granger and Holder, now 82, lived during their younger days.last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC World Cup 2019 | Indian team touchdown London; here are pictures

first_imgIndia will play their first league game against South Africa. Virat Kohli will lead Indian team for the first time in 50-over World Cup. MS Dhoni will play his fourth World Cup.  New Delhi: The Indian team departed in the late hours on Tuesday for England and Wales to begin their preparations for the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is set to start on May 30. The Virat Kohli-led side will be all geared up for the mega-event as almost every cricket pundit believes they can turn the show. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Ravindra Jadeja will be seen playing their second 50-over World Cup. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are too most experienced campaigners in Indian line up. The Men in Blue have had good preparations for the ICC mega event with the recently concluded Indian Premier League. While some cricketers have displayed good form ahead the marquee event, others would be looking to reflect upon their poor performances and get things right on time before the first game. highlights India will be kick-starting their campaign at Rose Bowl in Southampton against South Africa on 5th June. Before that, India will also be playing two warm-up games against New Zealand and neighbours Bangladesh.Standing at the No.2 position in the ICC ODI rankings and also boasting of some great batsmen in their ranks alongside a formidable bowling line-up, India are amongst the favourites to win the World Cup.The Indian team, after travelling from Mumbai to Dubai, has finally reached London, where they will begin their homework. In this scenario, the official twitter account of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a picture which was captioned, “Touchdown London #TeamIndia”. Here’s the Twitter post: For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

AAG National Senior Championships| Archibald cops sprint double with 200M Gold, Phillips gets revenge!

first_imgYOUNG sprinting sensation, Emmanuel Archibald, cemented his status as Guyana’s ‘King of Sprint’ for 2019 by completing the sprint-double with Gold in the Men’s 200m dash while Kenisha Phillips took revenge for Saturday’s 100m loss by winning the 200m Gold ahead of new rival, Jovanna Gustave.It was another action packed day over at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora, with several nail biting events on day two of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) National Senior Championships; however none more so than the 200m and 400m races.In the Men’s 200m, Archibald, who is a University of West Indies (UWI) student, had to dig deep to hold off local boy, Daniel Williams, to clinch Gold; the duo were neck and neck down the backstretch but Archibald held on to pip Williams by .02s, finishing in a time of 20.92 seconds while Williams had to settle for Silver with 20.94s. Arinze Chance took Bronze in 21.53 seconds, some distance behind Archibald and Williams.Meanwhile, on the distaff side of things over the same distance, Kenisha Phillips exacted revenge after her loss in the 100m to Barbados-based Jovanna Gustave; Phillips beat her new rival on the track convincingly, clocking 24.19s while Gustave had to settle for Silver this time around with 24.79s with Natrena Hooper coming in third in 24.93s.Emmanuel Archibald is the new ‘Sprint King’ of Guyana having copped the sprint double at the AAG’s National Senior Championships.Over in the 400m events, Arinze Chance took Gold by totally dominating the Men’s race in 46.42s while his nearest competitor, Brian Roman, was second in 48.15s and Revon Williams third with 49.20s.In the Women’s event, Keliza Smith was a class above the field, copping Gold in a time of 59.50s while Tiea Lowe was second in one minute 04.21s and Makeba Maxwell third in one minute 07.32s.Devaun ‘Scooby’ Barrington made a welcome return to the top of the podium by grabbing the Men’s 800m race in one minute 51.45s ahead of Police athlete, Anfernee Headecker (one minute 54.03s) and Samuel Lynch (one minute 57.63s).In the Women’s category, Joanna Archer, as expected, took Gold in 2 minutes 13.84s while Kissana Glen was second in 2 minutes 14.61s and Aaliyah Moore settled for Bronze with 2 minutes 23.27s.In the field, Chantoba Bright was not her usual self as she ceded Triple Jump Gold to Natrena Hooper who had a best effort of 12.71m. Bright had to settle for Silver with her best effort recorded at 12.47m while Princess Browne finished third just behind with 12.32m.The two day event held at the NTFC, Leonora, West Coast Demerara, was sponsored by Banks DIH and organized by the AAG.last_img read more

Cliff Hanger

first_imgSteve Adcook (left), director of human resources for the Marshall School of Business, and Stacy Geck, an associate professor for clinical communication in Marshall, climb a rock wall. Marshall held its Wellness Fair on Wednesday to encourage people to start the year off right.last_img

Shackleford scores 28 as Alabama beats Richmond 90-78

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 30th December, 2019 10:39 IST Shackleford Scores 28 As Alabama Beats Richmond 90-78 Jaden Shackelford scored 28 points and Alabama beat Richmond 90-78 on Sunday night. Jaden Shackelford scored 28 points and Alabama beat Richmond 90-78 on Sunday night.Kira Lewis Jr. and John Petty Jr. each added 17 points for the Crimson Tide (7-5). Herbert Jones had 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the junior’s first career double-double.After making only 26% of their 3-pointers in the first half, the Crimson Tide made 4 of 5 from behind the arc to start the second half with makes from four different players to stretch their lead to 57-47. Shackleford scored nine points in an 10-2 spurt that gave Alabama a 16-point lead, its biggest of the game, when he hit a 3-pointer with 10:31 to play.A three-point play by Jacob Gilyard trimmed Richmond’s deficit to 72-67 nearly four minutes later but the Spiders got no closer.Gilyard led Richmond (10-3) with 21 rebounds and four assists. Grant Golden and Blake Francis scored 14 for the Spiders.Shackelford carried the Alabama offense in the first half, making four of his six 3-pointers and scoring 14 points.Alabama head coach Nate Oats picked up his third technical foul of the season after a disagreement with the referees, and Richmond scored four points on the possession following the technical.The Spiders cut the lead to one on their next posession, but Shackelford added his final 3-pointer of the first half to bump Alabama’s lead back up to four.BIG PICTURERichmond: The Spiders made just six of their 24 3-point attempts and could not keep up with the offensive attack of Alabama.Alabama: Behind hot 3-point shooting, Alabama has won five of their last six games heading into the Southeastern Conference play.UP NEXTRichmond hosts Saint Joseph’s on Thursday in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both teams.Alabama opens SEC play on the road against Florida on Saturday.More AP college basketball: First Published: 30th December, 2019 10:39 IST Associated Press Television News center_img FOLLOW US COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Spanish joint-proposal seeks to revamp Quiniela coupons with a female touch

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Spain’s Professional Footballers Association (AFE) is working with centre-right political party ‘Ciudadanos’ (Citizens) to revamp Spanish football’s  ‘Quiniela’ (pools) by enhancing coupons featuring women’s football matches.The collaboration aims to present Congress with a draft proposal which will introduce Liga Futbol Femenino (LFF) ‘Primera Iberdrola’ matches, Spain’s top tier of women’s’ professional football, to Quiniela matchday coupons.The joint proposal would represent the most significant change to the Quiniela’s matchday format since its inception in 1946, in which to date matchday coupons have only listed matches for Spain’s La Liga and Segunda division matches.The leadership of Ciudadanos will require support of its proposal from the PSOE-Podemos coalition government, having seen its congressional representation dwindle to 10-seats following a turbulent 2019, in which Spain hosted two consecutive General Elections.Cross-party support will be further needed to change the Quiniela’s format, as the pools product is operated by Spain’s federal lotteries agency reporting to the Ministry of Finance.Meanwhile, the AFE details that it has begun discussions with LFF governance to pursue a collective agreement which will compensate all female football stakeholders.AFE and Ciudadanos maintain that funds raised by a new Quiniela would be distributed to Spain’s individual provinces, raising money for women’s football at a formative level.“This initiative aims at the growth of women’s football in Spain, which is currently in full negotiations to address a collective agreement and professionalize it,” the AFE detailed in a statement. StumbleUponlast_img read more

Tuukka Rask injury update: Bruins G goes on IR after nasty collision

first_imgTo recap today’s #NHLBruins transactions:Tuukka Rask has been placed on IR retro to Jan. 19. He won’t play Tues. vs. Jets.Trent Frederic, Peter Cehlarik, & Zane McIntyre (emergency basis) have been recalled from @AHLBruins.Ryan Donato & JFK have been assigned to Providence.— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) January 28, 2019Rusk suffered a concussion when he collided with Rangers forward Filip Chytil in the first period of Boston’s final game before the All-Star break on Jan. 19. Rask was down for several minutes and did not return to the game afer exiting the ice.Filip Chytil collides with Tuukka Rask in the crease.Rask leaves the game. pic.twitter.com/DusVYsokqm— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) January 20, 2019Rask, 31, has registered a .919 overall save percentage and a .930 mark at even-strength in 26 games this season.Boston (27-17-5) is slated to host Winnipeg (31-15-2) at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Rask has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the Jets and a timeline for his return remains unknown. The Bruins recalled Zane McIntyre from Providence to fill the void on an emergency basis in his absence. Tuukka Rask is taking a break.The Bruins goaltender has been placed on injured reserve in a roster move retroactive to Jan. 19 , the team announced Monday.last_img read more

Jackie Robinson’s final words send powerful ripples decades later

first_imgpic.twitter.com/pg71tJl7z3— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 16, 2018MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThose words came straight from the preface of his 1972 autobiography, “I Never Had It Made.’’ The book became the final statement from the man on his life, career, perspectives and lessons. It was released four days after his death on Oct. 24 of that year at age 53.Baseball is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Robinson’s birth this season, and the latest annual Jackie Robinson Day has arrived with every player wearing his now-retired uniform No. 42. As this, the words of the man who integrated baseball in the modern era pack as much of a punch and carry as much weight as they did 47 years ago when they were published.It still is, in the opinion of many, to be the best resource on Robinson, and helps form the foundation of his narrative to this day. It was the last of no fewer than three autobiographies, preceded by volumes in 1948 and 1964, each with more gravitas than the previous.The battle between portraying him as a static, by-the-numbers hero and as the flesh-and-blood, sometimes-flawed human never ends. But “I Never Had It Made” remains the closest thing to a word-of-mouth relaying of who he was, and a springboard to more complete renditions of him (like, for example, the excellent “Jackie Robinson” PBS documentary by Ken Burns in 2016).Observers are, at times, astonished by the strength, relevance and staying power of what Robinson poured onto fewer than 300 pages as he simultaneously wrestled with the health crises that eventually took his life — and by the unwavering, unforgivable bluntness of his words.Such as those, at the very beginning of his autobiography, that essayed an issue that has persisted nearly five decades later. And the phrase that became the book’s title, one he mentioned often, including the epilogue, in which he answers his own question of how he could even hint that someone as accomplished and groundbreaking as he was could claim that he never “had it made.”“I cannot possibly believe I have it made while so many of my black brothers and sisters are hungry, inadequately housed, insufficiently clothed, denied their dignity as they live in slums or barely exist on welfare,’’ Robinson wrote. “I cannot say I have it made while our country drives full speed ahead to deeper rifts between men and women of varying colors, speeds along a course toward more and more racism.’’To repeat, he wrote this in 1972.MORE: On Robinson’s 100th birthday, baseball still struggles to attract black players“It’s powerful,’’ said Yohuru Williams, dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of St. Thomas and a Robinson historian. The book, he said, is “the brutally honest appraisal of a man who could not have known that death was upon him, in many ways. In the midst of all that, to his core, in retrospect, he wanted to make clear that none of this was promised, no matter how much success a black man in America had.“Here’s Jack,’’ Williams added, “in this moment, when they order you not to do this, always finding the way to use his platform. Imagine doing that in his day — when you know how hard it is to do that today, he did it then when you really could not.’’Another example of that arose even more recently than Kaepernick’s actions. When southern California rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot to death in front of his store two weeks ago, author and Grand Valley State University history professor Louis Moore wrote for The Shadow League about the importance of black entrepreneurship, celebrities using their reach for economic uplift and the ultimate responsibility to build broken areas and the people in them.Moore’s reference point: “I Never Had It Made.”“I went back to the Freedom Bank chapter,’’ he said — chapter 17, about the black-owned, black-operated bank in Harlem Robinson helped open in the 1960s.He quoted, in part, this portion: “During the post-baseball years, I became increasingly persuaded that there were two keys to the advancement of blacks in America — the ballot and the buck.’’“I always go to it,’’ said Moore, who cited the book in his extensive 2017 history of athletes and activism, “We Will Win the Day.” “I always go to Jackie. It’s him. He doesn’t pull any punches.’’Moore’s example, like the others, illustrated what has both made “I Never Had It Made” stand the test of time and stand out as essential to a reading of his life and impact. Unlike the hundreds of other published tales of Robinson’s legend, this was not, by any standard, a baseball book. At most, one-third of the book details his career, from Branch Rickey signing him to the Dodgers organization to his retirement.The rest details, first, how he became the person, rather than the player, with the will to withstand the so-called “Noble Experiment,’’ and then how he stayed engaged with society, politics, his family and all the challenges they presented, for the 16 years he lived beyond his baseball career.So, it includes his own accounts of being raised in segregated Pasadena, Calif., his UCLA years, his military service and the notorious court-martial stemming from his refusal to move from the front of an Army bus. Post-baseball, it continues through his pioneering business career, his political ties and un-ties with the likes of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Nelson Rockefeller, his civil rights activities and various alliances, feuds and disagreements with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, and his ever-watchful eye on the sport that celebrated its notion of successful integration via his career, but which constantly fell short of true equality by his more exacting standards.SN THROWBACK: Jackie Robinson, 1947 Rookie of the YearEven amidst the retelling of his Dodgers career, Robinson interspersed the personal, with his marriage to Rachel and the challenges of raising a family, and the political. That included his polarizing 1949 testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee about fellow athlete-celebrity-activist Paul Robeson. He laid bare his conflicted feelings then and years afterward, trying to reconcile the damage he did, the shift in his understanding of who Robeson was and what he was about, and illuminating aspects of his statement (condemning America’s ongoing Jim Crow climate) that were overlooked then and in many ways still are.“As I read it, he kind of pushed baseball to the side, with all the myths about him and who it made him out to be, and he emphasizes the political and the racial,’’ said historian and award-winning author Arnold Rampersad, who in 1997 wrote the authoritative “Jackie Robinson: A Biography.’’The chapter titles are enough of a road map to that, and a jarring reminder of how unresolved Robinson’s battles remain these many years later: “Campaigning for Nixon,” “On Being Black Among the Republicans,” “Hope and Disillusionment in White Politics.’’Two late chapters are painfully poignant, personal and, again, relevant today — and, again, are often overlooked in the increasing attempts to build him into a plaster saint. “Jackie’s Prison” and “… And He Was Free” address the drug addiction of oldest son Jackie Jr., his rehab and turn toward helping other addicts, his death in a car accident at 24, and the elder Robinson’s grief and reconciliation with the pressure of growing up in a famous household and his grappling with his role in it all.”Jack’s aunthencitiy is on display in a very obvious way,” Williams said. “He’s complicated. He doesn’t have to be perfect; he just has to make you think.”“I Never Had It Made” was co-written by the late Alfred Duckett, an author who had assisted Robinson with his 1950s and ‘60s newspaper columns and had co-authored King’s seminal “Why We Can’t Wait.’’ The book had a handful of factual gaps, said Rampersad, who referred to it in his work — but, he added, it was a honest reflection of Robinson’s views.“It was very combative,’’ he said, “but I always thought he never crossed any lines, because he stood for the truth.’’That he bared his soul in that way for the record gains urgency because, in retrospect, there was more urgency to writing it than even he could have realized.“These really were his final words,’’ Moore said. “You got the sense there was no Part Two.’’MORE: 42 images of Jackie Robinson from the SN archives For nearly three years now, the public has grappled with Colin Kaepernick using the American flag and the national anthem as a vehicle to protest the condition of African Americans in current society. The actions of Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos have been the instantly-recognized parallels to his act. But there was another, from that same time period and from as iconic a figure, that connects Kaepernick to that era and its meaning, and vice versa.“As I write this twenty years later,’’ Jackie Robinson once wrote, recalling the ceremonies before Game 1 of the 1947 World Series to cap his historic entrance into major-league baseball, “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, in 1919 at my birth, I know that I never had it made.’’ It’s a loss for everybody, he said: “You like to think that Jackie would hold our athletes accountable in the ‘70s and ‘80s had he lived, but he never got a chance to do that. You’d like to see what he’d say about O.J., for instance.’’A void that has been filled by polishing a conveniently bloodless image, Williams said, can be filled better with what Robinson himself left: “Jack, at every chance, refused to ride off into the sunset. Jack’s own writings and own words have prevented us from making him into a hero in soft focus.”What he left is an indelible record of who he was, how he thought and for what he stood — and for what he did not.last_img read more