Thorn: Every picture tells a story from Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on August 7, 2017:

This was, for me at least, the highlight of the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. The three Robinsons — Sharon, Rachel, and David — had just arrived at the Otesaga Hotel and were checking in when friends Marty Lurie and Barry Bloom, with whom I had been chatting in the lobby, persuaded them to take a quick photo. Tomorrow Rachel would receive the triannual Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony at Doubleday Field.

I had spoken with Sharon not so long ago, shortly after the public-television airing of the documentary by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, in which we both had been featured — with the starring role reserved, of course, for her mother. The last time I had spoken with Rachel Robinson had been nearly thirty years ago, when my since departed friend Jules Tygiel and I had collaborated on a story for SPORT Magazine, “Jackie Robinson’s Signing: The Real, Untold Story.” Our research had revealed that Branch Rickey had never intended for Jackie to be the lone pioneer of the integration saga, and that several others — including future major leaguers Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, and Sam Jethroe — were slated to become his teammates in Brooklyn.

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Originally published: August 7, 2017. Last Updated: August 7, 2017.