By Anne E. Schraff
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The Philly players increased their abuse. Suddenly, Robinson’s fellow Dodgers chimed in on his side. They yelled at the Philly players and called them yellow cowards. Dodger shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who was from Kentucky, stood out as a Robinson friend and ally. Jackie and Rachel Robinson loved the Brooklyn fans. They especially loved the elderly ladies who came faithfully to every game. They always cheered for Robinson. In June 1947 Robinson helped lift the Dodgers to first place. They won the pennant.
Many young Americans were getting killed and wounded in Vietnam. In November Jackie Jr. and his unit took part in a fierce firefight with the enemy. The soldier at either side of Jackie Jr. was killed in the battle. Jackie Jr. was wounded. During the battle, he had dragged a wounded comrade to safety. Jackie Jr. was awarded the Purple Heart. In December Robinson’s mentor and friend, Branch Rickey, died. Robinson grieved as a son would for a father. Robinson also helped Gov. Nelson Rockefeller make a successful run for another term as New York’s governor.
In March 1965 he joined ABC-TV Sports as a commentator. All during this time, Jackie Jr’s problems mounted. He failed boarding school and briefly ran away to California with a friend. The police brought him home. Jackie Robinson’s relationship with his son grew more troubled. They had a hard time speaking to one another. Jackie Jr. enlisted in the United States Army at the time the Vietnam War was raging. Jackie Jr. took his basic training at Fort Riley as his father had done. In June 1965 Jackie Jr.
Jackie Robinson (20th Century Biographies) by Anne E. Schraff