Saturday afternoon Mike Watts and I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Sharon Robinson, an author, education consultant to MLB, and daughter of Jackie Robinson. After seeing the film seven times she says, Sharon discusses the new film "42," her own memories of her father, and the current state of baseball. With a few books to her name, and a new biography out about her father, Sharon Robinson says she is looking forward to April 15th and is eternally proud that #42 continues to mean something today.
In 1997, One on One interviewed Tania Grossinger, now a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a freelance writer and public relations consultant. As a little girl growing up in her cousin’s Catskill Resort Hotel, she saw many celebrities check-in each day, but it was Jackie Robinson who was most special to her. She is best known for her work “Growing up at Grossinger’s” and currently the author of “A Memoir of an Independent Woman.” Jake Kring-Schreifels caught up with Tania again to discuss her chance encounter with #42, their lasting relationship, and her most recent children’s book “Jackie and Me: A Very Special Relationship.”
Ralph Branca, the former Dodger, Tiger, and Yankee, known predominantly as being the pitcher who gave up "The Shot Heard Round the World" to Bobby Thompson, joined Mike Watts and I Saturday to discuss his former teammate Jackie Robinson. With "Jackie Robinson Day" taking place April 15th and a new film about the legend "42" out Friday (Ralph is portrayed in the film), we took the time to discuss Robinson's historical impact on the game of baseball and Branca's firsthand experience as his teammate.
Yesterday was the 64th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Listen as legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully reflects on the baseball great in our 1997 feature Jackie Robinson: The Man Behind the Ballplayer.