National Press Club

Breaking the Color Barrier in Baseball

May 13, 1997

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Run time: 59 minutes

The widow of Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play major league baseball in the U.S., discussed the significance of her husband's achievement and the status of race relations in American society today. Congress has authorized the minting of a gold coin with Jackie Robinson's likeness to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Robinson's breaking of the color barrier. After her prepared remarks, Mrs. Robinson took questions submitted by audience members.