In researching the story of Jackie Robinson, I ran across some information about him that I had never heard before. I want to share with you some excerpts from an ESPN article by Larry Schwartz.”A life is not important,” Jackie said, “except in the impact it has on other lives.

By that standard, few people — and no athlete — this century has impacted more lives. Robinson lit the torch and passed it on to several generations of African-American athletes. While the Brooklyn Dodgers infielder didn’t make a nation color blind, he at least made it more color friendly.

And he accomplished this feat by going against his natural instincts. …That’s what Robinson had to do when Dodgers president Branch Rickey selected him to become the first African-American to play in the majors this century. Rickey wanted a man who could restrain himself from responding to the ugliness of the racial hatred that was certain to come.

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