via press release:
DEALING WITH RACISM WAS PAINFUL FOR BASEBALL LEGEND JACKIE ROBINSON AND HIS FAMILY, HIS WIFE RACHEL TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD”
RACHEL ROBINSON TELLS SUSAN SPENCER: “IT SOUNDS A LITTLE GRANDIOSE, BUT I FELT LIKE IT WAS US AGAINST THE WORLD”
Dealing with racism was very painful for baseball legend and groundbreaking player Jackie Robinson and his family, his wife Rachel Robinson says in an interview with CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast April 7, 2013 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
In 1947, Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African-American player in baseball’s Major Leagues in the modern era. Robinson faced taunts – and worse – on and off the field. Robinson’s rookie year is the subject of the upcoming film “42.”
“What we worried about, for instance, pitchers would throw at his head,” Rachel Robinson tells Susan Spencer. “I worried about him getting hurt.”
Rachel Robinson says she attended every one of her husband’s home games and was determined to ignore the abuse. “There were times when it was very painful,” Robinson says. “And particularly when you’re being attacked and can’t respond. What we tried to do… we would talk about anything that was troubling us in the car because we had decided that home was going to be a haven.”
Robinson adds, “It sounds a little grandiose, but I felt like it was us against the world.”
Some have drawn a connection between Jackie Robinson’s role in changing Major League Baseball and paving the way for President Barack Obama. “I don’t think it’s overstating the case,” Rachel Robinson says. “I think that we grow and make… make contributions based on the shoulders we stand on. We can’t say what Jack did put Obama in office, no. But these things are connected. These lives are connected.”
Spencer’s interview with Robinson will be broadcast on CBS SUNDAY MORNING. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.