Branch Rickey's account appears in: Mann, Arthur, Branch Rickey, American in Action (1957); Rampersad, Arnold, Jackie Robinson, a Biography (1997).
In this essay we will be discussing Jackie Robinson’s early life, impact on society, and the criticism he went through during his career and his early life.
Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball's color barrier when he plays first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He is later named Rookie of the Year and featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
Jackie Robinson declines a contract from the New York Giants, to whom he had been traded, and retires from baseball. He becomes Vice President of Personnel Relations for Chock Full 'O Nuts
Jackie Robinson enrolls at UCLA. While there he lettered in four sports, football, basketball, track and baseball. He remains the only athlete to have lettered in four sports in UCLA's history.
here is a God-shaped hole in the heart of , the 2013 film that depicts the inspiring story of Jackie Robinson. , pointing out that the film mostly ignored the role that faith played in Robinson’s life and in Branch Rickey’s decision to sign him to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. And the film is not the only account of Robinson’s life that downplays religion. While Rickey’s stalwart Methodist convictions have been widely recognized, most biographies of Robinson provide limited attention to his own faith.
Jackie and Rachel Robinson host a jazz concert at their home in Stamford to raise bail money for jailed civil rights activists. It is the first of an annual event that continues until 2001.
“Many people have the impression that I was the first man to scout Jackie Robinson, but everybody in America knew what talent he had. Nobody but Branch Rickey deserves any credit. They have given me too much credit.”
Rachel Robinson becomes President of the Jackie Robinson Construction Corporation and renames the company the Jackie Robinson Development Corporation. The company, responsible for building 1,600 units, specializes in building low- to -moderate level income housing
On April 15, 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers opened their National League season against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. The Dodger first baseman that day was Jackie Robinson: the first African-American to play in a major league game since the infamous “color line” was drawn in the 1880s. At UCLA in 1939-41, Robinson was perhaps the greatest amateur athlete in the country, a star in track-and-field, football, and basketball. After service as an Army officer in World War II, he was playing shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League when he was signed to a minor league contract by “The Mahatma,” Branch Rickey, a cigar-chomping Methodist and the Dodgers’ general manager. Rickey was determined to break the color line, and he deliberately chose Jack Roosevelt Robinson to do so.
Jackie Robinson, however, felt otherwise. Near the end of his life (he died in 1972 at age 52), he expressed his appreciation in a letter to Sukeforth at his home in Waldoboro, Maine:
Rachel Robinson, with the assistance of Martin Edelman, Charles Williams & Franklin Williams, honors her husband's memory by establishing the Jackie Robinson Foundation following his death in October 1972.
Which is what Jackie Robinson, the immortal Number 42, delivered. Grainy black-and-white videos today remind us of a truth the baseball world learned seventy years ago this month: there has never been anything more exciting in baseball, including the majestic home run and the overpowering no-hitter, than 42 stealing a base, especially home. Rather than hollering back at bigots during his rookie year, Robinson beat them with a slashing, attacking style of baseball that helped lift the Dodgers to the National League pennant and brought them within one game of a World Series victory over the lordly Yankees (who didn’t sign an African-American player until Elston Howard in 1955).
As Branch Rickey’s collaborator and confidant, Sukeforth is well-known for his role in the Jackie Robinson integration saga. He was the scout who met with Robinson in Chicago in August of 1945 and accompanied him to Brooklyn for the historic meeting in which Rickey informed Robinson he wanted a “man with guts enough not to fight back.”