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Jackie Robinson’s Daughter In St. Louis

Brad Choat
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A St. Louis area youth reads from his copy of "Jackie Robinson: American Hero" at the public library downtown on October 26, 2013. Author Sharon Robinson was there to read excerpts. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

A St. Louis area youth reads from his copy of “Jackie Robinson: American Hero” at the public library downtown on October 26, 2013. Author Sharon Robinson was there to read excerpts. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A close relative of the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier has a message for the youth of St. Louis. Don’t take “no” for an answer.

“They’re told by counselors, teachers, and maybe even parents. I say as long as it’s a positive thing they want to do, and it’ll help them grow and be stronger, they should stick with it,” said Sharon Robinson on Saturday at the public library downtown.

The daughter of Jackie Robinson read from her new children’s book about her father, “I hope they’ll come to understand Jackie better, why he was selected, and how his character helped him perform under great pressure.”

She travels the country educating youth about life values and the role baseball can play in breaking barriers. Her St. Louis visit was in conjunction with the World Series.

KMOX asked Sharon Robinson what she thought of the recent Hollywood movie “42″ about her father. She replied, “I thought they did a great job. It was accurate and well acted. It only covered two years, but those were very strong years.”

Robinson said while she never traveled to St. Louis with her father as a youth, she recalls the respect he had for local favorites Stan “The Man” Musial and broadcaster Jack Buck.

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