The Women Behind Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson

Rachel Robinson talks the legacy of number 42 and the strength he found to keep playing baseball.
2:29 | 04/12/13

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There is a movie about jackie robinson opening this weekend. Robinson, the great hero and pioneer, baseball's first black player. But he didn't do it alone. And david wright is with the woman who brings us the secrets of a marriage founded on bravery, as well as love. Alne bl, one strike. Reporter: Jackie robinson was the trail blazer who transformed america's past time. The home run parade is under way in earnest. ♪ Do the baseball boogie ♪ Reporter: A powerful new movie makes clear, it took nearly super human courage for him and his wife. We don't want you hear! Reporter: Did you love or hate coming to the ballpark? Coming to the ballpark? I lovedit. I wouldn't -- you couldn't keep me away. Reporter: Rachel robinson's a strong woman. The day her husband put on that brooklyn dodgers uniform is really the start of the civil rights movement. People aren't going to like this. They're going to do anything to get you to react. Echo a curse with a curse, they'l only yours. Follow a blow with a blow and theyhe negro lost his temper. Reporter: From the moment they arrived for spring training in the jim crow south, a test of grace under pressure for both of them. Thatne really happene it was like making a challenge of that sign and to kind of recover my own sense of dignity and pride. I had to do that. Reporter: Rosa parks moment for you. Yeah. Reporter: Surviving all the abuse with dignity was tough on both of them. But she says they had faith things could change. Bepatient, kid, it's coming. I think we had a sense of the possibilities, even then. Reporter:40 years after jackie robinson's death, she's not just the guardian of his memory. She's helped many others follow in his footsteps. We have graduated 1,400 students. Reporter:1,400? Establishing a scholarship program for young black men and women. We use a quote of jack's that a life is not important except in the impact it has on the lives of others. Reporter: Did you have any idea this could become your life's work? No. How does one know? I think in the final analysis, it's how to meet a challenge. You see challenges, not as obstacles, but as opportunities. And so we choose rachel robinson. By the way, monday is jackie robinson day. We thank you for watching.

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