Robinson Good Evening 1957
5-B CORPUS CHRISTI TIMES, Wed., Jon, GOOD EVENING Jackie Was Bom To Controversy s The semifinal chapter of probably the greatest baseball of our generation is now being written. The Jackie Robinson story began in 1947 when Branch Rickey-- probably baseball's best front-office brain -- broke color line. That's the year Jackie Robinson -- a great. player for years, a football college star on "die coast, with one year of minor league baseball experience behind him on a Brooklyn uniform. Jackie -- the first Negro to pjay major league ball big story of 1947. He made the grade, in every way. It but Jackie made it -- with his spectacular hildng, his spectacular base running; his superb fielding. Jackie's big league debut -- a year of great controversy -established him as big-time. More than that. Branch Rickey Jackie Robinson opened (he major league gates. If it hadn't been for Rickey and Robinson there wouldn't any Roy Carnpanellas, any Don Newcombes, any "Ernie today. Jackie's baseball life has' not been a smooth one. It has built on controversy from the day he put on a Brooklyn until he wore his last one during the 1956 World Series. Why Not Take The $50,000? A few short days ago, 4he- Brooklyn front office announced that Jackie's playing days with" the Dodgers were over. The Negro bad been sold to the crosstown rival Giants. Jackie took the sale in stride. Then, several days ago. dropped a. bombshell. The versatile Negro said he was through with baseball he had decided to quit some time ago. Why hadn't he told that when they sold Mm to the Giants? Why hadn't he press? Jackie's answer stirred a controversy almost as great as one that was stirred years ago when he became the first to play a major league game. Jackie's answer was simple: Some -time ago, he said, he had promised LOOK that, when he quit, the magazine would'get the exclusive, When Jackie made that promise to the magazine, LOOK promised .him $50.000 for a threetpart story. Now. once again, Jackie's the center of a controversy boils down to this: Jackie shouldn't have treated his friends -- the press way. He shouldn't - have treated bis Mends -- the Dodgers -that way. Hadn't they made Jackie what he is? Jackie's answer to such charges of ingratitude is as as it is honest and true: He had made a promise to the magazine -- and he to keep it. Furthermore, $50.000 is 530,000, and he was going to earn that. too.