Today in Sports History [2/4]: Jackie Robinson Continues to Open Doors
On this day in 1965, Jackie Robinson is named Director of Communication for WNBC in New York City, becoming the first African American executive of a major radio-TV network. Jackie Robinson’s contributions go far beyond the baseball diamond. By becoming the first executive of a major TV station, Robinson continued to open doors for African Americans.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson catalyzed the integration of professional sports in America by breaking the color barrier in baseball. In sports, no matter what “good” you do, legacies still depend on winning. During a MLB-career that spanned from 1947-1956, Robinson was a six-time all-star, helped the Dodgers win the title in 1955, and finished with a career batting average of .311. He was later inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
“A life is not important,” Robinson once said, “except in the impact it has on other lives.”