Jackie Robinson: I Never Had It Made



  • Baseball Commissioner Chandler A. P. “Happy” Chandler
  • Bob Feller a Hall of Fame pitcher who spent his career with the Cleveland Indians
  • Branch Rickey the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Brooklyn Dodgers the team that moved after the 1957 season to become the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • carpetbaggers a reference to northerners who moved to the South after the Civil War, so called because many carried suitcases made of carpeting material
  • City of Brotherly Love the common nickname of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Don Quixote tilting at a lot of white windmills a reference to the title character in Miguel Cervantes's seventeenth-century novel in which the mad knight Quixote does battle with windmills; a common expression for acts of impractical nobility or courage
  • Donnybrook a brawl or fracas, named after an Irish town that was the scene of a notoriously raucous annual fair
  • Montreal the Canadian home of the Montreal Royals, a Dodgers' farm team
  • paid me the insult of winding up an insult...
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Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Library of Congress)

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