With Jackie Robinson Day approaching, we look at his complicated relationship with Pittsburgh.
If you haven’t gotten around to it already, let me begin by saying the Jackie Robinson documentary on PBS is a must-see. Ken Burns does a tremendous job correctly depicting Robinson as a man, rather than just a significant historical figure.
This is not a feel-good piece. Historians have said Robinson’s rise to the big leagues was filled with turmoil and bigotry in most cities he visited. The Steel City was no exception. But in the Hill District, a former ball player turned journalist was there to cover Jackie’s history changing season.
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