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April 9, 1997
Re "For Robinson, Game Was About Respect," March 31: I wanted to tell of a gracious moment Jackie Robinson once accorded two friends and me. It was the 1940 football season. After a memorable season in 1939 when he and Kenny Washington were the stars, he was now the solo star. I was a sports writer for the Virgil Voice, our Virgil Junior High newspaper. I took the bus with the sports editor, Milt Wasserman, and a friend, Elliott Birnberg, to go to UCLA and interview him. I believe no prior arrangements were made, but he took the time during football practice to walk up and down the sideline with us as we tried to think of things to ask. He couldn't have been nicer.
April 15, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day across baseball, honoring the 67th anniversary of the day Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The most prominent of the events planned to honor Robinson was to take place at Yankee Stadium before New York's game against the Chicago Cubs, but rain forced the game, and the ceremony, to be delayed until Wednesday. Robinson's wife, Rachel, daughter Sharon, Commissioner Bud Selig and members of the Steinbrenner family are scheduled to be in attendance for the unveiling of a plaque to honor late South African leader Nelson Mandela.
March 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The first words Magic Johnson spoke in an interview Wednesday had nothing to do with the price his group paid to buy the Dodgers, or how he would make the team better. "Jackie Robinson," Johnson said. Johnson talked about how honored and humbled he was -- not only to become one of the first African Americans to own a share of a Major League Baseball team, but to do so with the team with which Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Johnson has reached out to Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson.
February 15, 2014 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May's draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling . There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam's sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal with the thought of that,” an assistant coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told SI. “There's nothing more sensitive than the heartbeat of the locker room.
February 27, 2012 | By Chris Lamb
On Feb. 28, 1946, Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, boarded an American Airlines flight in Los Angeles bound for Daytona Beach, Fla., for spring training. There he would try to prove that he was good enough to join the Montreal Royals, the top minor league team in the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization, and integrate professional baseball. It would be more than a year before Robinson played his first game with Brooklyn, on April 15, 1947, breaking Major League Baseball's color line and forever changing baseball and society.
April 17, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
For some directors, it's a bolt of inspiration that prompts them to make their movie. For others, it's a serendipitous phone call outside the Lincoln Tunnel. It went down pretty much the second way for Brian Helgeland, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “L.A Confidential” who wrote, and was behind the camera for, the surprise baseball hit of the season, Jackie Robinson biopic “42.” The Massachusetts native was riding a bus on a roots trip of sorts to Brooklyn, where his father had grown up, when he received a call from the financier Thomas Tull.
February 24, 1990
Let me correct Dick Balos (Feb. 12) on something. Jackie Robinson did not show the way for "his race." He showed the way for the human race. To limit Jackie Robinson's accomplishments to blacks denigrates the stature of one of the nation's all-time great athletes. EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON, Inglewood
April 12, 1997
Wouldn't this be a good year to revert to the practice of calling the rookie of the year the winner of the Jackie Robinson Award? Baseball decided to officially honor Jackie by naming the rookie-of-the-year award for him in 1987, but somehow we got out of the habit of using it. We don't call the best pitchers in the two major leagues the pitchers of the year. We call them the Cy Young Award winners. BOB BRIGHAM Manhattan Beach
April 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Above all else, Rachel Robinson remembers the kissing. When the taunts at the ballpark grew too fierce and the naysayers too loud, her husband, Jackie, would come home to their Brooklyn apartment and the couple would try to block out the world. "So many people are curious about how we were at home, thinking that we brought all the anger and chaos in there with us," Rachel Robinson, 90, said last week as she perched behind a desk at the gleaming offices of the education foundation she runs in lower Manhattan.
September 20, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
Know how sometimes you want something to be so good, you are almost afraid it won't be? Really, could they make a bad movie about Jackie Robinson? Of course they could. They can make a bad movie about anything, and pretty much have. But the Robinson story is so compelling, so historic that they'd almost have to try. And because the movie "42" is written and directed by Brian Helgeland, writer of the terrific "L.A. Confidential" screenplay, and stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, it seems fair to hold out hope that they will come close to nailing this one. The role of Robinson is played by Chadwick Boseman, a relative newcomer to the big screen.
December 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
For sports memorabilia collectors looking for a last-minute Christmas gift suggestion, how about a treasured Jackie Robinson artifact? Better yet: It's marked down like an item at a Black Friday sale! The Lelands auction house announced last week that Robinson's rookie of the year award trophy is available for bidding . Robinson won the first such award for his historic 1947 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers; the award was renamed in his honor in 1987. The award is accompanied by a letter of authentication from Robinson's widow, Rachel.
November 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
One of the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is to go up for auction later this month. The whereabouts of the other three remain unknown, so SCP Auctions, the Orange County auction house conducting the online sale, expects this one to go for as much as $1 million. Owens' victories in Berlin represent a memorable point in Olympic history, with the African American athlete performing brilliantly before a less-than-thrilled Adolf Hitler, who wanted the Games to serve as a showpiece for his resurgent Nazi Germany.
November 2, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
For most of the years since 1933, UCLA baseball players have peered into the stands at their home field and smiled at their usual assortment of fans. Moms, dads and girlfriends for sure. But many times, they also nod to disheveled retired Marines, ex-Navy officers with oak-leaf "scrambled eggs" on their caps and proud veterans still wearing camouflage. "When I was there in the '60s, watching us was an outlet for veterans," former Bruins first baseman Rick Ganulin recalled.
September 23, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera and Metallica will forever be linked. For more than a decade, the heavy metal band's hit "Enter Sandman" was blasted over the sound system at Yankee Stadium whenever baseball's all-time saves leader would enter the game, indicating it was nighty-night time for the opposing team. On Sunday the song was played a little earlier than usual. And this time it was played live. In an unannounced surprise, Metallica was on hand before the game against the San Francisco Giants to help pay tribute to the legendary closer on Mariano Rivera Day, in honor of the pitcher in one of his final appearances at Yankee Stadium before his retirement after 19 seasons.
September 13, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Here's a new one for those forward-thinking Dodgers: They announced Friday they will host an LGBT night on Sept. 27. In their announcement they never actually explained that LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. The team that broke baseball's color barrier, that brought in the Hispanic community with Fernando Valenzuela and the Japanese community with Hideo Nomo, is now reaching out to the LGBT community. They've come a long ways from when they kicked out a lesbian couple for kissing at a Dodger Stadium game in 2000.
August 27, 2013 | by Rebecca Keegan
Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in "42," will portray James Brown in an untitled biopic of the soul singer. "The Help" director Tate Taylor will helm the Universal Pictures movie from a script by "Fair Game" writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Brian Grazer will produce, as will another backer who knows a thing or two about stage presence -- Mick Jagger, under his Jagged Films banner. The long-gestating project, which has been in the works since before Brown died in 2006, will chart the singer's ascent from poverty in Augusta, Ga., to his place as the Godfather of Soul, tirelessly performing such hit songs as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)
July 30, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 An all-star game featuring top high school baseball players from the classes of 2014 and 2015 will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium. Among the players scheduled to participate are Luke Dykstra from Westlake, Denzl Chapman from Gardena Serra, Josh Morgan from Orange Lutheran and Brandon Perez from Mater Dei.  
May 23, 2013 | By Margaret Gray
Jackie Robinson never appears in Brian Golden's “Cooperstown,” currently enjoying its West Coast premiere at the Road Theatre Company's shiny new second stage, but the very idea of him is enough to catalyze powerful changes for the characters of this pleasant if underbaked drama. It's July 1962 (well after the setting of the recent biopic "42"); Robinson is about to make history as the first black player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.; and the employees of a local diner called Jimmy's (a jewel of a set by Desma Murphy)
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