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Jackie Robinson Showed Me How to Fight On, Not Fight Back

Jan 31, 2019 - The New York Times

As an African-American woman who has written about baseball for decades, the question I am most asked about my career choice is: “Why?”

The answer is really as succinct as the question: Jackie Robinson.

He was the man who, born 100 years ago, successfully took on the challenge of transforming baseball and, by extension, the entire country by becoming the first African-American to play in the modern era. By stepping onto a major league diamond as a Brooklyn Dodger 72 years ago, he...