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Greatest Athletes: Jackie Robinson

Originally Published: April 11, 2007
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Sports Historian

Baseball is a tradition-bound sport, a game that pays full faith and credit to its history and heritage, etching the past in stone. Bill Veeck, who spent the better part of a half century chipping away at that rock, was once moved to comment that baseball was "the only thing besides the paper clip that hasn't changed."

One of those rock-bound traditions was the so-called "gentleman's agreement" that served as the sport's chastity belt, drawn tight to keep the national pastime racially ...

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