*Beyond Branch Rickey:

The Hidden Forces Behind the Breaking of Baseball's Color Barrier
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When Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, it was a crucial breakthrough not only for the sport, but for race relations and civil rights generally in America. Join us when University of San Francisco professor Robert Elias discusses how the conventional story about this development focuses primarily on Robinson and particularly on Brooklyn Dodger president Branch Rickey. But that story obscures the forces and individuals preceding Rickey, without which the Robinson breakthrough would likely not have happened. 

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Lefty O’Doul Chapter of Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Dusty Baker SABR Chapter and The Baseball Reliquary.

Related exhibit: A Game of Color: The African American Experience in Baseball. Main Library, Skylight Gallery, January 13 – March 18, 2018.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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