Memories of Jackie Robinson

Apr 12, 2013
For us baseball fans, early April is a great time of year. The season is new, hopes are high, and our thoughts start lingering on summer nights at the ballpark. But this is also when we stop and honor one of baseball’s all-time greats — and a true American hero: Jackie Robinson. Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947, and since 1997 Major League Baseball has recognized Robinson’s legacy with Jackie Robinson Day. All MLB teams playing at home on April 15 feature pre-game events and festivities and in-game tributes to Robinson and his lasting impact on the sport, culture, and the nation. This year, Scholastic commemorates Robinson with a new biography written by his daughter, Sharon,Jackie Robinson: American Hero. This isn’t the first book about Jackie Robinson Sharon has written and Scholastic has published. In 2009, she collaborated with artist Kadir Nelson on the bookTesting the Ice. The new book is timed to coincide with the release of the new Jackie Robinson movie, 42: The True Story of an American Legend, starring Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who brought Robinson into professional baseball.42opens in theaters on Friday, April 12. In March, Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch interviewed Sharon Robinson aboutJackie Robinson: American Hero,42, and her memories of her father. It’s a great interview, full of warmth and advice for kids on what Jackie Robinson can still teach them (and the adults in their lives). Check out the interview on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps website, and share what Jackie Robinson means to you in the comments section below!