Jackie Robinson: “I owe more to Canadians than they’ll ever know.”

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Jackie Robinson played his first season of integrated baseball with the International League’s Montreal Royals in 1946 before breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier the following year. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. *Here’s an article I wrote a few years ago and have been updating each year. It has never been more important to... Continue Reading →

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Remembering Jackie Robinson’s season in Montreal

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Jackie Robinson played his first season of integrated baseball with the International League’s Montreal Royals in 1946 before breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier the following year. Photo: Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. *Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackie Robinson Day, which is normally celebrated on April 15, was rescheduled to today. Here’s an article... Continue Reading →

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Celebrating Jackie Robinson on his birthday

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Writer’s Note: Jackie Robinson would've turned 95 today. In honour of his birthday, I present to you the short bio that I wrote for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s website. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson starred at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm... Continue Reading →

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Canadian Baseball Network Podcast – Jackie Robinson in Canada

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I don't like to listen to myself talk (a lot of stammering), but I was honoured to be asked to speak about Jackie Robinson's 1946 season with the Montreal Royals for a Canadian Baseball Network podcast (I talked for about 40 minutes). With help from Peter Bean, Scott Crawford and Alexis Brudnicki, I believe this... Continue Reading →

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Jackie Robinson could’ve been a football star

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If times were different, Jackie Robinson could’ve been Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. Unfortunately, in the late ’30s and early ’40s, Jim Crow reigned, leaving him with few professional opportunities. The multi-sport star lived in a shameful era when a black man was fortunate to find a job, let alone make a living as an... Continue Reading →

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Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to be present at premiere of new Jackie Robinson movie

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Courtesy of Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame (http://www.baseballhalloffame.ca)  The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be on the red carpet in Toronto as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures Production, and the Brian Helgeland film, “42.” Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) wrote and directed the drama “42”... Continue Reading →

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Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!

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Writer’s Note: Jackie Robinson would've turned 94 today. In honour of his birthday, I present to you the short bio that I wrote for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s website. Prior to breaking Major League Baseball’s colour barrier in 1947, Jackie Robinson starred at second base for the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm... Continue Reading →

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