Not everyone was a Jackie Robinson fan when the Dodgers began to integrate baseball. But an eight year-old kid in Wisconsin was–and has the treasures to prove it.
Ron Rabinovitz was a kid growing up in predominantly white Sheboygan, Wisconsin in the 1950s, a young baseball fanatic admiring the courage of Jackie Robinson. Rabinovitz and Robinson even became pen pals, which led to personal meetings when the Dodgers visited Milwaukee.
It’s a relationship the Minneapolis area resident treasures even 34 years after the Baseball Hall of Famer’s death.
Rabinovitz continues to devote time to making sure the man who broke baseball’s color barrier isn’t forgotten.
He spent Tuesday at the Hall, speaking and sharing some of the Robinson items he’s collected over the years. Before leaving for Cooperstown, he also spent time sharing his memories with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.