Jackie and Me
A Very Special FriendshipBook - 2013
The true story of baseball star Jackie Robinson and teenager Tania Grossinger's unlikely friendship.
Thirteen-year-old Tania Grossinger lives in the famous Grossinger hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains, but she doesn't feel like a real Grossinger; her cousins own the hotel, and Tania often feels like she doesn't belong. Lots of celebrities come to Grossinger's, but Tania just wants to meet one man: Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play Major League baseball. When Jackie stays at Grossinger's on vacation, he hears that Tania is a terrific ping-pong player. Jackie invites the young girl to meet him for a game at four o-clock—but she doesn't believe he's serious and stays in her room to read. Soon the telephone rings; it's Jackie, wondering where Tania is! When she dashes downstairs to the game room, the famous Dodgers star is waiting for Tania—and this is the beginning of an unlikely but very special friendship
Playing ping-pong, drinking soda, going on walks, and ice skating together, Tania learns some important—and simple—life lessons from Jackie. Tania Grossinger's charming true story will appeal to parents and children, girls and boys, avid baseball fans and people who have never seen a game. Jackie and Me offers a unique glimpse into icon Jackie Robinson's life off the field, told from a very special perspective: that of a friend.
Baker & Taylor
Aged thirteen in 1951, Tania feels like an outsider at her cousins' hotel but guest Jackie Robinson invites her to play ping pong with him, which is the start of a friendship that lasts until the baseball legend's death in 1972.
A tale inspired by the true friendship between the pioneering baseball star and the author describes how as a relative of the family that owned the famous Grossinger hotel, she bonded with Robinson over a ping-pong game and shared many hours during which he imparted poignant life lessons.