Jackie Robinson Day 2013
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
I was heartened to see that the new film "42", based on Robinson's momentous debut, has exceeded box office expectations. Today in honor of Robinson, every player in Major League Baseball will wear Jackie Robinson’s No. 42.
Rachel Robinson, Jackie's wife, had vivid memories of April 15, 1947:
Rachel and Jackie met while they both were students at UCLA. Rachel Robinson earned a degree in nursing from the UCSF School of Nursing in 1945 before marrying Jackie in 1946. A few years after Jackie Robinson's retirement from baseball, Rachel returned to school and earned a masters degree from New York University. In 1965 Rachel became an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Yale University.
|Jackie Robinson during his collegiate years at UCLA played football, |
ran track, was the leading scorer on the basketball team, and played baseball.
More on Jackie Robinson and Rachel Robinson at:
New York Times on Jackie Robinson