16 Apr '15, 5am

latimespast: In February 1950, Jackie Robinson was in Los...: latimespast: In February 1950, J... #BreakingNews

In February 1950, Jackie Robinson was in Los Angeles, taking on a new role: actor. He played himself in the film “The Jackie Robinson Story,” a dramatic account of his life that was released later that year. Robinson spoke with Al Wolf for a Sports page column called “Sportraits,” and offered eight points of advice for young people. He also commented on a new rule designed to protect middle infielders, his future in baseball and his recently changed approach to hitting. Since today is Jackie Robinson Day – the anniversary of baseball’s opening day in 1947, when Robinson became the first black person to play in the major leagues – let’s look at his advice. 1. “First and foremost is the matter of education. I advise everyone to go as far as possible in school. Not everybody who tries can make the grade in professional sports.” 2. “Second, avoid smoking, drinking and other ba...

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