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The Negro Leagues

The Negro Leagues

Learn how Jackie Robinson entered the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. In this clip, Buck O’Neil recounts when the team bus stopped at a filling station in Oklahoma, and the station attendant stated that the restroom was "for whites only.” Robinson told the attendant “No restroom, no gas.” Fearing the loss of a large sale of gasoline, the attendant agreed to let them use it.
Clip Length 01:06 Premiere: 4/11/16

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JACKIE ROBINSON is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, D.C., in association with Major League Baseball. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon; written by David McMahon and Sarah Burns; edited by Lewis Erskine A.C.E., George O'Donnell and Ted Raviv; cinematography Buddy Squires A.S.C.; original music by Wynton Marsalis; original music by Doug Wamble; narrated by Keith David.

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JACKIE ROBINSON

About JACKIE ROBINSON

Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball's color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for turning the other cheek.

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Season Episodes

Jackie Robinson: Part II

S1 E2 Length 1:54:18 Premiere Date 4/12/16

Jackie Robinson: Part I

S1 E1 Length 1:53:19 Premiere Date 4/11/16

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The Anderson Monarchs

Length 04:15 Premiere Date 11/21/17

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