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April 14th, 2011
11:06 AM ET

How church helped sign Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn Dodgers

His first game changed the face of baseball. Sixty-four years ago, Brookyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey stepped up to the plate, and broke baseball's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson.
New details are now emerging about what preceded that moment, not just in baseball history but American history.

Watch Ed Henry's amazing report here, or read the full article here.


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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Ken Hayward

    One fact that gets ignored is that Jackie was the first African-American in professional baseball, but his first professional game was actually in Canada as a player for the Montreal Royals. It was only after seeing him play baseball in Canada did he get called up to play in the MLB.

    April 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm |