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Jackie Robinson changed baseball and in doing so he changed America. The first African American to play baseball for a major league team. The YMCA of San Diego County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Breakfast takes place on Friday, Jan. 12, at the Town & Country Resort. Jackie Robinson's hat just set a world record. A specially padded hat worn by Robinson while playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers was sold for.
When was the last time you got an autograph and the player didn't include his number? Related Gallery Baseball Jackie Robinson: A life in pictures Think about Jordan and Gretzky and Jackie Robinson, and the picture in your mind will probably include a 23, 99 or Most athletes shy away from standing up for social or political issues. Think about the last time you heard an NFL player talk about domestic violence.
Think about how rare it is to see things like Rams players flashing the "Hands up, don't shoot" sign in St. Louis two years ago, or NBA players wearing "I can't breathe" shirts as silent protests of racial injustice in this country. It doesn't happen often, but when an athlete lends their voice to a social or political cause, it can gave a massive impact. Through time, one subtle yet powerful way players have memorialized or paid tribute to socio-political events in history is to pick a jersey number with significance or special meaning.
Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr doesn't talk about it much and declined an interview request for this story, but since he came into the NHL, he's worn 68 as a tribute to the Prague Spring of That year, Czech reformers revolted against Soviet oppression, sparking an invasion.
Jagr's grandfather was jailed and died later that year. Other hockey players have exhibited political awareness in selecting jersey numbers over the years. Petr Klima, the first NHL player to defect directly to the United States from Czecheslovakia inwore 85 as a tribute to that escape throughout his career. Alexander Mogilny, the first Russian player to defect to North America, wore 89 when he was signed by the Buffalo Sabres as a tribute to the year he fled.
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The hate crime serves as a touchstone for the gay rights movement. Former Net Jason Collins wore 98 for several seasons before he came out as the first openly gay player in NBA history. In an essay in Sports Illustrated, he finally told the story about the meaning behind his number.
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The number has great significance to the gay community," Collins said. But meaningful number tributes haven't all been noble tributes to significant political or social events. Former Italian soccer star Christiano Lucarelli wore 99 as a tribute to the leftist group Brigate Autonome Livornesi, which was founded in He was known to celebrate goals with two clenched fists, the symbol of the Communist party. And Italian soccer star, Gianluigi Buffon, was alleged to have white supremacist connections and made headlines when he chose to wear 88, a number used by neo-Nazis to abbreviate Heil Hitler.
Those who know, know. She also worked at night. This was during World War Two, and local industries were hiring women to do what had previously been considered "men's" jobs. Rachel was hired as a riveter at the Lockheed Aircraft factory in LA, where they made airplanes for the war effort.
She worked the night shift, drove to UCLA at dawn, changed clothes in the parking lot, and then went to class. Rachel and Jackie promised their parents that they wouldn't get married until Rachel had completed her degree. She earned her nursing degree in June They were married the following February.
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By then, Jackie had already served in the military where he was court-martialed, and acquittedfor refusing to move to the back of a segregated bus near a military base in Texasplayed in the Negro Leagues, and signed a contract to play with the Dodgers' minor league team in Montreal.
Two weeks after their marriage, Rachel and Jackie left for spring training in Daytona, Florida with the Montreal Royals. Burns' documentary portrays, through Rachel's voice, the ordeal they faced dealing with the Southern Jim Crow system, including the segregated trains, buses, restaurants, and stadiums, and the hostility of many white Southerners.
At the New Orleans airport, they were told they were being "bumped" from the plane to Florida. Jackie protested this obvious racist act to the airline attendant behind the counter.
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Meanwhile, Rachel escaped to the Ladies Room. But there were two Ladies Rooms in the airport, right next to each other. One said "Colored Women. For the next 11 years -- until Jackie retired from Major League Baseball in -- Rachel and Jackie together endured the humiliations and bigotry, and celebrated the triumphs and accolades, of being civil rights pioneers.
Roger Wilkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, wrote this about Rachel: She was not simply the dutiful little wife. She was Jack's co-pioneer. She had to live through the death threats, endure the vile screams of the fans and watch her husband get knocked down by pitch after pitch. And because he was under the strictest discipline not to fight, spike, curse or spit back, she was the one who had to absorb everything he brought home. She was beautiful and wise and replenished his strength and courage.
In addition, she was primarily responsible for raising their three children -- Jackie Junior, Sharon, and David. Then they tried to buy a home in suburban Purchase, New York. After Rachel offered the asking price, the house was taken off the market, and she knew why. Inthey found a plot of land they liked in Stamford, Connecticut and built a new home in that suburban community.
When the news had spread that the Robinsons had bought the property, several families on the block sold their homes. The Robinsons settled in, made friends, became active in the community.A Família do Futuro (Dublado)
But they couldn't escape the racism. When a white friend attempted to sponsor Jackie at the local country club, he was rejected by a majority vote.
Jackie was already a bona fide national celebrity who had won the MVP award, but the white country clubbers didn't think he was good enough to play golf with them.
After Jackie retired from baseball inhe began a new career in business, and expanded his involvement with the NAACP and other civil rights groups. At that time, Rachel decided to resume her professional career. This was five years before Betty Friedan's book, The Feminine Mystique, ignited the women's movement.
Rachel was an early feminist.
Jackie was upset by Rachel's decision to go back to school and back to work, but Rachel insisted that it was something she needed to do. Eventually, Jackie came around.
In -- at age 37 -- Rachel was admitted to the graduate program in psychiatric nursing at New York University. After earning her master's degree, Rachel worked as a nurse-therapist and researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. When Rachel was teaching at Yale, the university asked her to join its board of trustees. You won't get a two-fer from me. Beginning inJackie and Rachel hosted their legendary jazz concerts at their home as fundraisers for jailed civil rights activists.
Rachel taught at Yale and ran the state mental health center for seven years, untilthe year that Jackie died at age 53 of diabetes and heart disease. During her ten years as its president, it built more than 1, units of affordable housing. Inshe created the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The foundation is Jackie's living legacy and Rachel was its hands-on chair and inspiring leader.
In its 43 year existence, the foundation has provided scholarships to 1, college students. The foundation's goal is to help them become leaders in changing society.