Jackie Robinson’s widow: MLB could make more progress in diversity
Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play in the major leagues, but his widow, Rachel Robinson, says there are still strides to be made when it comes to diversity in the sport.
“There is a lot more that needs to be done can be done in terms of the hiring, the promotion” of minorities in baseball, Robinson said Monday during a question and answer session at the Television Critics Association winter meeting.
Robinson also discussed the lack of diversity at coaching and managerial positions, adding that there is “room for real progress.”
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the sport in 1947 when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He died in 1972 at the age of 53.
A two-part PBS documentary on the second baseman will air in April.