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Jackie Robinson's Legacy As 'The Greatest'

Years ago, sportscaster Howard Cosell was asked to name his all-time favorite athlete. Obviously, the most prominent sports journalist of his era would name the man who made Cosell famous: Ali. Wrong. "That's an easy one,'' Cosell said, spacing out the name with inflection, "Jack … Roosevelt … Robinson." Cosell was just telling it like it is. Muhammad Ali's global impact is irrefutable as a champion boxer and outspoken critic of America for its involvement in Vietnam and civil rights oppression at home. But in breaking the long-standing racist color line of America's pastime in 1947, Jackie Robinson's contribution to American...