SABR members Bjarkman, Liscio on “42” panel discussing legacy of Jackie Robinson

From Ruth Dunley at on April 5, 2013, with SABR members Peter C. Bjarkman and Stephanie Liscio:

He was the first African American baseball player to play in Major League Baseball, smashing colour barriers with a combination of charisma, character and undeniable talent. Now, Jackie Robinson is the subject of a new biopic, 42, starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Christopher Meloni.

The film will cover Robinson’s life story, from his youth as the son of Georgia sharecroppers to his historic signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Check out our feature story on how Boseman prepared for the role, then join our live chat to discuss Robinson’s life and legacy.

Our panel will include: Ron Rabinovitz, one of Robinson’s close friends who regularly speaks about the baseball legend, Peter C. Bjarkman, member of the Society for American Baseball Research and author of more than 40 books on sports history, including Diamonds around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball, David Naze, whose doctoral dissertation focused on the cultural legacy of Jackie Robinson and who has won accolades for his work on Robinson and his involvement with the House of Un-American Activities Committee and Stephanie Liscio, a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University who is the author of a book about baseball integration, has written about the Negro Leagues and baseball in the 1940s for and serves on the board of directors for the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro League research committee.

Read the archive of the live chat here:

Originally published: April 5, 2013. Last Updated: April 5, 2013.