The Journalist Behind Jackie Robinson

Friday, May 03, 2013


Throughout the more than six-decade celebration of Jackie Robinson's desegregation of baseball, the journalist who brought Robinson's story to the world has remained unknown. Brooke talks to Los Angeles Times sports writer Bill Plashcke, who recently penned a portrait of writer Wendell Smith, who helped secure Robinson's place in American history. 


Bill Plashcke

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

Mary from Baltimore

I really enjoyed this piece. Even as the history of the Negro Leagues and the integration of MLB has gotten more attention, Black sportswriters are rarely acknowledged. Sam Lacy of the Afro-American Newspaper is another important Black sportswriter. The incredible archives of the AFRO have a lot of information about Lacy. You can reach them at

May. 06 2013 01:10 PM

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