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Back in time: Jackie Robinson

Before the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Robinson's jersey wore it. (Photo courtesy of universityofcalifornia.edu)

BackInTime42: Before the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Robinson’s jersey wore it

Maria Glotfelter
Staff Writer

“On October 8, 1953, Birmingham, AL, blocked Robinson’s integrated all-star team from playing an exhibition game.”

The above quote is found in ‘Broadcasting Baseball: A History of the National Pastime on Radio and Television.’ Baseball is well known as an all-American sport.

Sports like baseball and American football bring this country together in many ways. People often connect through common interest, and that interest is found in the common love for sports. There once lived a man who loved baseball: Jackie Robinson; however, he just wasn’t your regular old baseball player.

Before the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Robinson's jersey wore it. (Photo courtesy of universityofcalifornia.edu)
Before the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” Robinson’s jersey wore it. (Photo courtesy of universityofcalifornia.edu)

He was the first African-American player to play in the major leagues and also the first to be inducted into the baseball national hall of fame. Born in 1919 in Cairo, GA, Robinson was raised by a single mother and lived a fairly humble life. When he was signed for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he won the Rookie of the Year award.

In addition to playing baseball, Robinson also served in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He was a pioneer in securing civil rights, a hero in baseball and in his everyday life. Robinson’s jersey number, 42, was retired to honor him.

Interested readers may go the following site for more information: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/a…-i-42-i/274886/.