Cronin: Did Pee Wee Reese really embrace Jackie Robinson in 1947?

From Brian Cronin at on April 13, 2013:

In 2005, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped unveil a monument outside the Brooklyn Cyclones’ home field depicting Hall of Famers (and former Brooklyn Dodgers) Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson with Reese’s arm around Robinson.

It was designed to commemorate a moment that occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 13, 1947, the first game of just the second road series during Robinson’s inaugural season, which saw him break the color barrier to become the first African-American major leaguer.

In the new Robinson biopic, “42,” the scene is also prominently given the Hollywood treatment.

It is certainly a great story. The question is, did it actually happen the way the monument and movie said it did?

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Originally published: April 15, 2013. Last Updated: April 15, 2013.