The Enduring Legacy of Jackie Robinson the Widow of the Man Who Broke Pro-Baseball's Color Barrier Works to Perpetuate His Ideals

By Ross Atkin writer of The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor, February 28, 1995 | Go to article overview

The Enduring Legacy of Jackie Robinson the Widow of the Man Who Broke Pro-Baseball's Color Barrier Works to Perpetuate His Ideals


Ross Atkin writer of The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Science Monitor


ROCK-SOLID marriage can be a bulwark to anyone in the white-hot glare of public life. It certainly was for Jackie Robinson, baseball's pioneering black player. This comes through clearly in speaking with Rachel Robinson, Jackie's widow.

College sweethearts at the University of California, Los Angeles, they married in 1946 after a five-year engagement, the year before the Brooklyn Dodgers made Jackie the first black player in modern major-league history.

"When couples are put under that kind of pressure," she says, `it can push you apart and create a tension between you. For Jack and me, it was just the reverse. We formed a kind of partnership: s us.' It wasn't just him and it wasn't just me. There was nothing coming between us.

Rachel Robinson shared this and other insights in two recent Monitor interviews, one via phone from New York and the other during a visit to Boston, where she was honored by Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

Mrs. Robinson, who is presently writing a book, collected an award for her work with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which she established in 1973, one year after her husband's passing. "I wanted a vehicle to perpetuate his memory, his name, and his spir she says. Family members and friends formed a board, and in 1977 the foundation began a college scholarship program that targets minority youngsters.

I chose education because I feel and Jack felt ... that education was the key to any kind of productive life," she says.

These are not sports scholarships, she says, and the competition is intense only 31 of 12,000 applicants were selected last year, bringing the current number of scholarship recipients in school to 150. One star alumnus is Elaine Steward, assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox. (See related story, right.)

Robinson, a foundation volunteer, is an achiever in her own right. A nursing major in college, she returned to that field after her husband's retirement from baseball in 1956. Upon earning a master's degree in psychiatric nursing from New York University, she turned to teaching at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Yale University. She also was director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

Though born and raised in Los Angeles, she has lived in New York and Connecticut ever since baseball brought the Robinsons east. For many years she helped to run a company started by Jackie that built and managed lower-income housing developments in the New York metropolitan area.

Her sporting loyalties moved west with her husband's old team.

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