#Shortstops: Rachel’s legacy
Throughout his life, O’Neil continued to uphold the legacy of the Negro Leagues through interviews and documentaries, which culminated in his participation in the creation of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
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But with the approval of Rachel Robinson, the plaque was recast to recognize Jackie’s pioneering efforts to integrate the National Pastime. Now all who visit the Museum and look upon Robinson’s plaque see his vital contribution permanently etched into the highest honor a player can achieve.
“Jack Roosevelt Robinson, a player of extraordinary ability renowned for his electrifying style of play. Over 10 seasons hit .311, scored more than 100 runs six times, named to six All-Star teams and led Brooklyn to six pennants and its only World Series title, in 1955. The 1947 Rookie of the Year, and the 1949 N.L. MVP when he hit a league-best .342 with 37 steals. Led second basemen in double plays four times and stole home 19 times. Displayed tremendous courage and poise in 1947 when he integrated the modern major leagues in the face of intense adversity.”
Both Robinsons are left an incredible impact on the game. In their case, we do not remember a great woman behind a great man, but rather two magnificent people standing beside each another, immortalized in history.
Kallan Jackson was the 2019 library research intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development