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When I think of the late Jackie Robinson, the first thing that comes to mind is breaking the baseball color line. Brooklyn Dodgers President, Branch Rickey,help integrate Robinson into major league baseball on April 15, 1947. Later on that year, Jackie was named the MLB Rookie of The Year. Two years later her won a batting title that led to the National League MVP award. He went on to win a World Series in 1955 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Jackie’s on field persona allowed him to have a platform off the field. He was known to have strong political views on many issues such as having Blacks managing professional sports, his opinions on the Vietnam Wars, and the Civil Rights Act. But here was an interesting letter Jackie Robinson wrote to President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, on March 7, 1965. The letter discussed his concerns about The Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama.
Courtesy of Michael Beschloss
Here Jackie Robinson warns LBJ to act & avert “open warfare by aroused Negroes” in Alabama after Bloody Sunday 1965: twitter.com/BeschlossDC/st…
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) April 15, 2013
April 15 is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson making his major league debut and now all 30 Major League Baseball teams honor him by having each individual player wear his #42 (which is now retired by MLB) for one day.
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