Jackie Robinson played integrated professional football before baseball. Social Distancing Included.

If not for Branch Rickey’s beta test in equality, we might be calling Super Bowl Sunday Jackie Robinson Day. Before Jackie Robinson broke barriers on the diamond, he helped pave the way on the gridiron.

Robinson’s brief tenure in professional football is often overlooked.

The Los Angles Bulldogs fully anticipated having a healthy Jackie Robinson back on the field in 1945 after he finished his first season with the Kansas City Monarchs. Robinson’s mangled right ankle cut his second stint with the integrated Pacific Coast Football League franchise short…

There’s nothing like a beautiful left-handed baseball swing. Watch 15-year-old Lillian Martineau swing a bat and one word comes to mind: ballplayer. Lilli’s story is as old and American as apple pie: baseball, triumph over adversity, and a skosh of gender bias. Hers is a story also patently modern. Aside from bucking antiquated gender conventions, the power of social media has garnered Martineau some lofty mentors and a devoted following.

Baseball for All put out an Instagram post about this girl who saw videos of me hitting in my garage and then she made a similar set up in her…

Three Kings. Two Queens. Twelve Hall-of-Famers.

London, November 6, 1924.

Apparently, there is a simple solution to spark a rally. Tempt the baseball Gods with the divine right of Kings.

Two Major League Baseball teams are visiting England to try and grow the game in Europe made up predominantly of John McGraw’s New York Giants and Charles Comiskey’s Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox were down 6–0 heading into the middle of the seventh inning. A single spectator yelled: “all up!” The crowd rose.

King George V remained seated, looking puzzled. …

Jackie Robinson changed the face of America forever, with his contributions on the field and off.

Baseball is inextricably tied to the American narrative. So is race.

There is no more unassailable voice for advancing the cause of equality in America than that of Jack Roosevelt Robinson.

It is an iconic image in the American storybook; number 42 of the Dodgers, one foot out of the dugout, ready to take field for the first time at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field on Major League Baseball’s opening day in 1947. That moment, when Jackie Robinson made his unmistakable pigeon-toed sojourn toward first base with his eight white Dodger teammates changed the racial dynamics of America. It may very well…

Jackie Robinson atop his mount as a cavalry officer

History can flip on a dime.

“You better quit f — — — with me,” said Lt. Jack Roosevelt Robinson, Cavalry Officer in the United States Army.

Lieutenant Jack Robinson was headed to Europe when fate intervened. An incident borne of racism would lead him in a different direction and mark him for bigger things, where he would etch is name into the American storybook.

Yet, Robinson’s time in the United States Army tells a lot more about the man Jackie Robinson was, and underscores why Branch Rickey chose the right man to wear the aspirations of an entire race…

J.M. Casper

Professional writer covering sports, history and other subjects of interest. My mandate is to show how history and culture intersect.

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