with author ROGER KAHN
April 24, 1997
in this forum:
How did integration change the Negro Leagues? How relevant is Branch Rickey to today's celebrations? Was Branch Rickey a civil rights activist before he hired Jackie Robinson? What will bring back baseball's popularity? Why does the color barrier still exist today? What was Jackie Robinson's reaction to Bobby Thompson's 1951 homerun?
The NewHour celebrates the legacy of Jackie Robinson.
Tiger Woods wins the Masters Golf Tournament.
David Gergen engages Roger Kahn.
Major League Baseball created a special Jackie Robinson section of their site entitled, "Jackie Robinson: Breaking Barriers."
The National Archives has a Web page documenting Jackie Robinson's behind-the-scenes work for civil rights.
The L.A. Dodgers, Robinson's old team, gathered together facts and videos of the former player.
Jackie Robinson Society
Dr. Jerry Holt of Portsmouth, OH asks:
My play "Rickey," a one-person show, was well-received at the Long Island University conference two weeks ago, but I continue to get the feeling that Rickey himself is being disregarded in the 50th anniversary celebration. What are your thoughts about the Rickey/Robinson relationship and its place in the current commemoration?
Roger Kahn responds:
I'd like to see the Robinson celebration broadened a bit to include whites who were critical to Robinson's success: Branch Rickey, the president of the Dodgers who brought Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn, and Pee Wee Reese, the Dodgers short stop and captain. Reese became Robinson's confidant, champion and friend.