“I had to fight hard against loneliness, abuse and the knowledge that any mistake I made would be magnified because I was the only black man out there,” Robinson wrote in his memoir, “I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson,” describing those early years with the Dodgers.
But The New York Times did not publish an article about the ballplayer’s visit to City College that day. So it has turned to readers for help.
Since the photo was published online, several readers (from Brooklyn, San Francisco and elsewhere) pointed to City College’s undergraduate newspaper, The Campus, which published an article about Robinson’s speech to students on Feb. 18, 1949.
The article said that Robinson had spent five months, during his offseason, working with underprivileged children at the YMCA in Harlem.
“I’ve learned more from the kids than they’ve learned from me,” said Robinson, who described his work to members of the Sociology Society, adding that it had given him “great satisfaction.”