College provided Jackie Robinson his foundation
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College provided Jackie Robinson his foundation

Robinson was a four-sport star at UCLA

Photo: Jackie Robinson wore No. 28 on UCLA's football team

Today, Major League Baseball annually celebrates Jackie Robinson breaking the game’s color line On April 15, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The moment is too great to be limited to 25th and 50th anniversaries, or the 75th in 2022.

Big-league baseball – and the nation – can thank UCLA for Robinson and what he represented. His college education and experiences with his future wife, who also was a UCLA student at his side, helped him change American history’s future



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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