Jackie Robinson’s Wife Remembers “Great,” Black Sports Reporter

Rachel Robinson, at the podium, the wife of the late Jackie Robinson talks about her husband and Black sportswriter Wendell Smith at the California State Capitol on Sep. 9, 2013. While Jackie Robinson made history by integrating Major League Baseball in 1947, Smith, who accompanied Robinson around the country during that historical season, also faced racism as a journalist. 

Standing behind Mrs. Robinson, shown left to right are California Assemblymembers Brian Maienschein, Holly Mitchell, Steven Bradford, Cheryl Brown, Chris Holden, and Sen. Joel Anderson.

OBSERVER photos by Antonio R. Harvey (with the exception of Jackie Robinson's and Wendell Smith's inset photos).

SACRAMENTO — When Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson became the first Black player to play in Major League Baseball (MLB), he and his wife, Rachel Robinson, were under continuous scrutiny and blatant bigotry, from a section of society that cared not to see change.   Robinson, who played first in the Negro Leagues, went on to smash […]

Rachel Robinson To Visit Sacramento for Screening of “42”


DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO — In conjunction with the California Legislative Black Caucus, State Sen. Roderick D. Wright (D-Inglewood) welcomes Rachel Robinson to the State Capitol for a special screening of “42.” The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m., at the Crest Theatre, Monday, Sept. 9, at 1013 K Street. Actress Nicole Beharie played Mrs. Robinson […]

Film Review: 42


NATIONWIDE – Jackie Robinson’s life is lesson in courage. It’s a sobering but inspiring reminder of the barbaric cruelty of racism and those who rallied against it. This revealing film tracks his ascension from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball. And though you think you may know his story, you couldn’t possibly fathom the […]