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Photos: Jackie Robinson in Chicago and through the years
As the movie “42″ hits theaters leading into Jackie Robinson weekend – you can read Richard Roeper’s 3-star review here – it’s worth taking a look back at some of the moments in Robinson’s remarkable career.
It’s also a good time to take a look through the Sun-Times photo files for a few of his early moments in Chicago – including his first trip to Wrigley Field as a Brooklyn Dodger in 1947. But, as Whet Moser writes for 312, it was not Robinson’s first trip to Chicago with professional baseball on his mind. Robinson was at least a thought for the White Sox in 1942 and, as the tale is told, would have neen in for an even worse experience than he endured making history with the Dodgers:
“It would have been really tumultuous,” adds Leon Forrest, novelist and professor of African-American Studies and English at Northwestern University. “Jackie said the cities that he caught the most hell in were Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati. (His playing for the Sox) would have meant a confrontation of (black and white) South Siders.
Chicago Cub Phil Cavaretta is thrown out on a close play at first base as Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Joe Hatten covers the bag. Jackie Robinson, shown in the background, tossed the ball. It was Robinson s first series at Wrigley Field. | Charles Gekler ~ Sun-Times files
Black players on the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cleveland Indians teams pose at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in this July 24, 1950 file photo. Left to right, Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn; Larry Doby, Cleveland; Don Newcombe, Brooklyn; Luke Easter, Cleveland; and Roy Campanella, Brooklyn. Doby, who broke the color barrier in the American League in 1947. | File
Jackie Robinson crouches by the base and prepares to catch a ball, 1951. Throughout the course of his baseball career Robinson played several positions on the infield as well as serving as outfielder. | Keystone/Getty Images
Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn second baseman, grins as he listens to his boss, Brooklyn Dodger president Branch Rickey, at the club’s offices in 1950. Robinson did the listening after signing his 1950 contract for a salary estimated at from $30,000 to $35,000, a substantial raise over the estimated $18,000 he made in 1949. Rickey said Robinson’s salary was the highest for a Dodger since he took over as head of the Brooklyn club. | AP Wirephoto
And, if that weren’t enough, settle in for The Jackie Robinson Story, starring Jackie Robinson: