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April 21, 1996 | TOM CANAVAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Fifty years ago, Rachel Robinson was like any other young wife having pregame butterflies as her husband took the field for his first game in the minor leagues. Her nerves were on edge, hoping he would get a couple of hits, steal a few bases and not make any errors. It would be Day 1 on the way to the major leagues. But Rachel Robinson had more on her mind than hits and errors on April 18, 1946, in Jersey City when the Montreal Royals played the Jersey City Little Giants.
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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.
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March 31, 1997 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was a pioneer on and off the field--breaking baseball's color barrier and lecturing and lobbying later against racial inequity and injustice. It has been 50 years since Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Would he consider it a half-century of progress? Would he be pleased with the status of race relations today? "No, I think he'd be very disturbed about it," said Rachel Robinson, his widow.
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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.
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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.
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September 22, 1996 | Roger Kahn, Roger Kahn wrote "The Boys of Summer" and "The Era." He covered the Brooklyn Dodgers for the New York Herald Tribune
Jackie Robinson and I became friends in the spring of 1952, friends almost by default. He was 33 years old--already heroic and despised. Walter O'Malley, the president of Robinson's employer, the Brooklyn Dodgers, warned me that "this Robinson is the most shameless publicity seeker I've ever met." Alvin Dark, shortstop for the New York Giants, said Robinson "reminds me of Hitler." The press . . . oh Lord, the armies of the press.
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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.
SPORTS
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.
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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.
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January 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Chadwick Boseman was cast as Jackie Robinson in the race-themed baseball drama "42," he was immediately confronted by someone with personal knowledge of the renowned ballplayer: the late athlete's widow, Rachel Robinson. "The first thing she said was basically, 'Who are you, and why do you get to play my husband?'" Boseman said, laughing, as he recalled the woman who had been trying for more than a decade to shepherd through a film about her late husband. "We were sitting in her office down on [New York's]
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The anniversary is No. 66, which, although not particularly special numerically, feels more celebratory this year with the release of the film “42.” That would be “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson integrating baseball and changing America, and also the No. 1 movie in the nation last week. On Monday, baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day again, with all players wearing No. 42, but the main focus remains with the team Robinson broke in with, the Dodgers. His widow, Rachel Robinson, daughter Sharon, and son David, are to be in attendance at Dodger Stadium for the festivities.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When it comes to our commercial moviegoing, there are some pretty basic staples. Romances. Comedies. Animated adventures. Superhero films. Check the upper echelons of Box Office Mojo in any given year and you'll find the list rife with them. But lately a different cinema species seems to be slipping in: the history-lesson film. “Lincoln,” the exemplar of the form, took in a whopping $182 million during the most recent award season -- more than any other Oscar contender, which tended to contain plenty of other serious overtones, and more than heavily hyped sequels such as “Men in Black 3” and “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” which did not. REVIEW: Pleasing '42' has Jackie Robinson's number And then once again this weekend we found ourselves very interested in a spin through the charged past.
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April 11, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
The sports biopic "42" will rough up its box office rivals as it steps up to the plate this weekend. The drama about famed baseball player Jackie Robinson is poised to claim No. 1, opening with a solid $20 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. (Warner Bros. is predicting a softer launch of around $15 million.) The weekend's other debut, the spoof "Scary Movie 5," will likely take in a respectable $17 million or so. PHOTOS: Scenes from '42' For years, Hollywood has been eager to make a movie about Robinson, the  first African American to play Major League Baseball.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Chadwick Boseman was cast as Jackie Robinson in the race-themed baseball drama "42," he was immediately confronted by someone with personal knowledge of the renowned ballplayer: the late athlete's widow, Rachel Robinson. "The first thing she said was basically, 'Who are you, and why do you get to play my husband?'" Boseman said, laughing, as he recalled the woman who had been trying for more than a decade to shepherd through a film about her late husband. "We were sitting in her office down on [New York's]
SPORTS
May 7, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin and Steve Dilbeck
As the Dodgers celebrated their first home game under new ownership Monday, the widow of perhaps the most memorable player in franchise history said she was "thrilled" the Frank McCourt era had ended. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, joined Hall of Famer Don Newcombe and new Dodgers part owner Magic Johnson for the ceremonial first pitch. Johnson later yelled to the crowd, "It's time for Dodger baseball!" Rachel Robinson turns 90 in July. She lives in New York and oversees the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which is expected to form a partnership with the new Dodgers ownership.
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April 11, 1987 | SCOTT OSTLER
Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson, said Friday that she was shocked by deposed Dodger Vice President Al Campanis' comments on blacks in baseball Monday night on ABC-TV's "Nightline" program. In town for special ceremonies honoring her late husband today at Dodger Stadium, she said she was watching the show because she had been interviewed for it. "I was absolutely appalled and angered when Campanis came on and made the comments he did," she said.
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April 15, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The anniversary is No. 66, which, although not particularly special numerically, feels more celebratory this year with the release of the film “42.” That would be “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson integrating baseball and changing America, and also the No. 1 movie in the nation last week. On Monday, baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day again, with all players wearing No. 42, but the main focus remains with the team Robinson broke in with, the Dodgers. His widow, Rachel Robinson, daughter Sharon, and son David, are to be in attendance at Dodger Stadium for the festivities.
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May 7, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
It was not just the common fans who grew disenchanted with Frank McCourt's ownership of the Dodgers. So did Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel. Robinson was at Monday's game, the first home game under the Dodgers' new ownership, at the invitation of Magic Johnson to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. “First of all, I'm thrilled with the fact we have new ownership and we have a chance to revitalize the franchise in terms of the organization, the team, the fans,” she said.
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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.
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