How Jackie Robinson changed America
School rare bastion of Jackie Robinson's baseball legacy
NPR: A Test of Courage: Jackie Robinson's Rookie Year [Real Player] http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9585147
Baseball and Jackie Robinson
The Jackie Robinson Story [Quick Time]
The first full week of this year's baseball season was a fairly eventful one, particularly when one considers the number of games that were rescheduled due to snowstorms, torrential rains, and other intense weather situations. Given the recent climatic activity, it was nice to see the sun out at Dodger Stadium this past Sunday as the entire league paid tribute to the late Jackie Robinson, who successfully integrated the major leagues sixty years ago. A number of baseball legends were on hand for the event, including Joe Morgan, Dave Winfield, Hank Aaron, and Frank Robinson, who in 1975, became the first African American manager in the majors. Players around the league wore Robinson's number 42 on their uniform, and the St. Louis Cardinal's Preston Wilson remarked that, "I think more than anything I just want people to be able to learn and understand Jackie Robinson's life and what he had to endure". When thinking about the powerful effect that Jackie Robinson had on the sport of baseball and the entire nation, Robinson's widow Rachel said it best when she stated, "Jack's legacy is all over the place."
The first link will take users to a news article from the Seattle's Post-Intelligencer that provides details on the celebration of this event at Dodger Stadium. The second link whisks users away to a recent editorial by George F. Will about Jackie Robinson's legacy. Moving along, the third link leads to a great article by the San Francisco Chronicle's Chip Johnson about a celebrated baseball program in the East Bay area. The fourth link leads to a radio interview with author Jonathan Eig about his recent book on Jackie Robinson's rookie year. This link also includes a recording of Robinson reading his 1952 piece for the "This I Believe" series titled "Free Minds and Hearts at Work". Persons with an interest in baseball history will be delighted to learn about the fifth link, which presents a small collection of baseball-related ephemera drawn from the Library of Congress's holdings. Here visitors can look at photographs of long-vanished ballparks, sheet music covers (such as the one for the "Three Strikes" two-step), and an early photograph of that most indefatigable of pitchers, Cy Young. For those readers who enjoy a traditional biopic now and then, the last link leads to the complete 1950 film, "The Jackie Robinson Story". Jackie Robinson plays himself, the late Ruby Dee plays Rae Robinson, and the original tagline for the film was the very action-oriented: "You'll HIT with Him! You'll RUN with him! You'll SLIDE With Him!"