Sam Page
Wednesday November 6th, 2013


Passed along by Reddit Baseball, this New York Times piece from July about the silver and bronze medal finishers in the 1936 Olympic 200-meter dash highlights a little-known fact about baseball legend Jackie Robinson: his brother Mack was also a tremendously accomplished athlete, albeit now less much less famous. The article details how the older Robinson finished four-tenths of a second behind Jesse Owens in the 200-meter dash in 1936, despite no coaching and old spikes.

It's hard to fathom, but had it not been for a pair of shoes, today's history textbooks might have chapters on the "Robinson brothers" instead of just Jackie. [NYT via Reddit]

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