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Jackie Robinson's Last Interview

Jackie Robinson died of a heart attack  in the arms of his wife at his Stamford, Connecticut home October 24, 1972 (age 53).

This exclusive radio interview by Larry Upton, a former shortstop in the Brooklyn Dodger Organization and a Boston radio sportscaster and anchorman, is the last reported interview of the legendary Robinson, before he died of a heart attack on Oct. 24, 1972. This interview aired on a Boston radio station just six days prior to Robinson's passing. Upton conducted this candid interview to get Robinson's reaction to "Sporting News" announcing his entry into baseball was the greatest sports story of the past 25 years.

During this seven minute interview, Robinson discussed how he saved the game of baseball by breaking down the color barrier. He also revealed his greatest thrill of the game and talked about the devastating loss of his son, Jackie Jr.  According to Upton, "Jackie Robinson was more than just a great baseball player; he was a great human being."

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Above is a letter from Ken Burns thanking Larry Upton for his contribution.
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Ken Burns, is an Emmy Award Winning documentary maker, who won the Emmy Award for Baseball in 1994.
Ken Burns has been called the Documentary Maker of the Century.

Other audios of iconic Hall of Fame players, managers, coaches, club owners and sports commissioners of past generations (1950 - 1980) available. See below.


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Audios are available upon request from Larry Upton at larryupton1077@comcast.net.

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