Typed trasncript of Jackie Robinson Speech at Amos Alonzo Stagg 100th Birthday Celebrations, August 12, 1962
- Typed trasncript of Jackie Robinson Speech at Amos Alonzo Stagg 100th Birthday Celebrations, August 12, 1962
A typed transcript of the speech that Jackie Robinson gave as the key note speaker at the 100th birthday celebrations of football legend Amos Alonzo Stagg held at Springfield College on August 12, 1962. The event was held at the Memorial Field House.
- Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972
August 16, 1962
- Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Amos Alonzo Stagg Papers
Springfield College--Alumni and alumnae
Stagg, Amos Alonzo, 1862-1965
Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972
- 8 Pages
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Jackie Robinson became the first black man to play major league baseball in the twentieth century when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. He went on to become the first black player to be named Rookie of the Year, to win the Most Valuable Player award, and to be inducted into major league baseball's Hall of Fame. He was also the first black television analyst in MLB, and the first black vice president of a major American corporation. In the 1960s, he helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned financial institution based in Harlem, New York. In recognition of his achievements on and off the field, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Stagg graduated from Yale in 1888 and from Springfield College in 1891. He served as an assistant physical education instructor at Springfield College from 1890-1892. He started the football program at Springfield College, serving as both coach and captain, and played one of the first public basketball games. He was the only faculty member to score a "basket ball goal" in their 5 to 1 loss to the students. His football teams at Springfield College were known as "Stagg's Eleven" or the "Stubby Christians". During the two years he coached and played football at Springfield College, the "Stubby Christians" went 10-11-1 and played in one of the first indoor football game on December 12, 1980 at Madison Square Garden against the Yale Consolidated team. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Stagg came to be known as the "Grand Old Man of Football". He coached football at the University of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.) from 1892-1932 and at the College of the Pacific from 1933 until his retirement in 1946. Over his career he won 314 games. Amos Alonzo Stagg died in 1965 at the age of 102.