The ‘Strike’ Against Jackie Robinson: Truth or Myth?

This article was written by Warren Corbett

This article was published in Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal

This article was honored as a 2018 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award winner.

No one disputes that Jackie Robinson faced intense racism within baseball. But the evidence for a potential league-wide player strike seems flimsy at best.


A National League players’ strike, instigated by some of the St. Louis Cardinals, against the presence in the league of Jackie Robinson, Negro first baseman, has been averted temporarily and perhaps permanently quashed.

WARREN CORBETT is the author of “The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It,” and a contributor to SABR’s BioProject. He became a baseball fan when he saw Jackie Robinson dancing off base on a snowy black-and-white TV set. This article was selected as a winner of the 2018 McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award.