The widow of Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson says she really shouldn’t speak for her late husband but doubts he would have participated in protesting during the national anthem.
TMZ caught up with 95-year-old Rachel Robinson at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, asking if her late husband, who made history in 1947 as the first black player in Major League Baseball, would have participated in today’s protests against racial injustice in America by kneeling during the national anthem.
“I have no idea, but I doubt it,” Mrs. Robinson responded.
Surprised by her response, the TMZ interviewer asked, “You think he would have stood?”
“I think so. I don’t know. That generation — it’s different,” Mrs. Robinson said.
“I don’t know, and it’s not fair for me to even speak of him since he’s been gone for quite a few years,” she added.
Mrs. Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium in 29 years on Tuesday, marking the 45th anniversary of Jackie’s death. She was joined on the field by her daughter, Sharon, and son, David, MLB.com reported. The Dodgers ended up winning 3-1 against the Houston Astros.
Mrs. Robinson was optimistic about the rest of the season, telling TMZ: “We’re gonna win it!”