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Long Island University History Professor Featured in New MLB Network Documentary About Jackie Robinson on April 16

Professor Joseph Dorinson is the Editor of “Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream"


Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1419

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Long Island University history professor Joseph Dorinson will appear this month on baseball’s MLB Network, offering his expert perspective on Jackie Robinson during a new documentary on the baseball great and Civil Rights activist.

“Letters from Jackie: The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson” will air Saturday, April 16, at noon and 6 p.m.; on Sunday, April 17, at 10 p.m.; and on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. Visit to find your channel number.

Dorinson, who in 1999 co-edited the book, “Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream,” will discuss Robinson’s contributions to America as the athlete who broke baseball’s color barrier and later as the man who continued to play a tremendous role in the Civil Rights movement.

The MLB Network documentary features numerous letters Robinson wrote throughout his lifetime, unedited and uncensored. The show also includes interviews with Robinson’s daughter, Sharon Robinson; his pen pal, Ron Rabinovitz; and an array of major league baseball players.

“Jackie Roosevelt Robinson wrote shortly before his death in 1972, ’A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,‘” Dorinson said. “His was a short life by modern standards, but what a life! With amazing grace under enormous pressure, Jackie’s 1947 racial breakthrough changed the game of baseball and in doing so transformed the nation.”

Dorinson noted that Robinson broke barriers on and off the field, in helping to desegregate team road trips, spring training, stadiums, and hotels.

“Robinson was daring, daunting and dignified,” said Dorinson, who also is the co-editor “Paul Robeson: Essays on His Life and Legacy.” An authority in the field of popular culture, Dorinson also has written on racial and ethic humor, Brooklyn, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks.

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Posted 04/04/2011

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