Jackie Robinson Interviews Branch Rickey in 1960


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After Jackie Robinson's playing career ended, he hosted a syndicated radio show called Jackie Robinson's Radio Shots. In 1960 Jackie Robinson spoke with long-time baseball executive Branch Rickey on The Continental League (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continental_League). Rickey had revolutionized the game twice—first instituting Spring Training and the farm system in the 1920s and later as the executive responsible for signing Jackie Robinson in 1945. The Continental League never got off the ground, but it did lead to Major League Baseball expanding in 1961 and 1962. Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey's lifetime friendship lasted until Rickey passed away in 1965. Hear more Jackie Robinson in Breaking Walls Episode 78: Our Game—Baseball Memories from throughout Radio History, which will be available beginning Sunday, April 1st, 2018. Listen, download, and subscribe everywhere you get your podcasts or through thewallbreakers.com

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