Enter the mind of an American sports legend.
Major League Baseball‘s Letters From Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson give a fascinating insight into how Jackie Robinson influenced not just the sport of baseball in the late 1940s, but the racial perceptions of many white Americans and the future of the Civil Rights movement. The letters featured in the film have not been edited. Robinson’s letters sent to various important political figures including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many details about Jackie’s life and career depicted in this 45-minute documentary and those familiar with only basic details about Robinson will become well informed. Both fans of baseball and fans of baseball history will enjoy watching this documentary. .
Letters From Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson documentary reveal the inner thoughts and genuine motivations of one of baseball’s greatest legends. Being the first African American to play in the Major Leagues is not his only accomplishment, Jackie had an amazing career with high batting averages, won numerous awards during his stint in baseball including the Rookie of the Year award and Most Valuable Player. Through all of his success, he remained humble and stayed in touch with one of his biggest fans, Ron Rabinovitz in Wisconsin via letters and personal visits. Jackie used his popularity to strive for equality between black and white Americans even before the Civil Rights movement came into prominence. Current MLB stars Derek Jeter and Rabinovitz–including Jackie’s own daughter, Sharon, speak about what they admire about Robinson, but also thank him for his achievements in baseball and by example, paved the way for other African Americans to pursue a career in baseball.
Though short, the documentary is very informative and shows the great skill Jackie had out on the field, and how much he cared for the people close to him and the rights of his people. His pen pal friendship with Rabinovitz was an unexpected, yet touching new fact discovered about Robinson and proves he valued the adoration of his fans.
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