Frank Robinson on Jackie Robinson's Legacy Sixty years ago, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major league baseball. Frank Robinson, the major leagues' first African-American manager, laments the fact that many players today aren't aware of Jackie Robinson's importance.
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Frank Robinson on Jackie Robinson's Legacy

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Frank Robinson on Jackie Robinson's Legacy

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Frank Robinson (left), a Cincinnati Redlegs (Reds) rookie, and Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers share a moment prior to a 1956 exhibition game in Florida. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Frank Robinson on Meeting Jackie Robinson

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Frank Robinson managed the Washington Nationals in 2005-2006. Previously, he managed the team when it was the Montreal Expos. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Frank Robinson managed the Washington Nationals in 2005-2006. Previously, he managed the team when it was the Montreal Expos.

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Remembering Jackie Robinson's Historic First Game

Remembering Jackie Robinson's Historic First Game

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In Depth

Biographer Jonanthan Eig Describes the Night After Robinson's Major League Debut.

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Dodger Catcher Bobby Bragan Recalls Branch Rickey's Thinking on Blacks and Baseball.

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Dodger Pitcher Ralph Branca Recalls the Last Time He Saw his Teammate.

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Yankee Dave Winfield Details the Mental and Physical Skills that Undergirded Robinson's Game.

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Hear Robinson's 1952 'This I Believe' Radio Essay.

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Sixty years ago this Sunday, Jackie Robinson overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to become the first African American ever to play Major League Baseball. He changed the game — and the country — in the process.

Robinson would go on to win Rookie of the Year and help lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to six pennants in his ten seasons. He also opened the door for future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Dave Winfield.

"I can say to my children, there is a chance for you," Robinson said in a 1952 essay for This I Believe. "No guarantee, but a chance."

Dodger pitcher Ralph Branca, Dodger catcher Bobby Bragan, Jonathan Eig, author of Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, Lester Rodney, who covered Robinson for the New York Daily Worker, and Dave Winfield, Yankee Hall of Famer and author of Dropping the Ball: Baseball's Troubles and How We Can and Must Solve Them, remember Robinson with Cory Turner.