Did You Know: Jackie Robinson's Brother Won Silver Behind Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics

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.


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