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Jackie Robinson - Letter to Branch Rickey, Pg 1

Jackie Robinson was very sad when his mentor, Branch Rickey, let the Dodgers organization.

During the 1950 spring-training season, he wrote a letter to Mr. Rickey which expresses his feelings.  Thanks to Rachel Robinson, the Library of Congress has made the two-page letter available, online, for all to see.

The first page (split hereafter into paragraphs for easier review) reads as follows:

Mr. Branch Rickey
c/o Pittsburgh B.B. Club
Pittsburg, Pa.

Dear Mr. Rickey,

I have been intending to write for about a month now and it seems that finding the right words come hard so I will attempt at this time to put them down.

It is certainly tough on everyone in Brooklyn to have you leave the organization but to me its much worse and I don't mind saying we (my family) hate to see you go but realize that baseball is like that and anything can happen. 

It has been the finest experience I have had being associated with you and I want to thank you very much for all you have meant not only to me and my family but to the entire country and particularly the members of our race. 

I am glad for your sake that I had a small part to do with the success of your efforts and must admit it was your constant guidance that enabled me to do it. 

Regardless of what happens to me in the future it all can be placed on what you have done and believe me I appreciate it.

I don't know the circumstances that caused you to

See Page 2, to continue reading (and viewing) the letter.

Click on the image for a better view.

 


Media Credits

First page of 1950 letter from Jackie Robinson to Branch Rickey, after Rickey left the Dodgers organization.  Online, courtesy Rachel Robinson and the Library of Congress.

 

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