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Dodgers, forever linked to civil rights movement, to host special game
Dodgers, forever linked to civil rights movement, to host special game

Don Newcombe has a story for anyone who doubts baseball's role in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. It was March of 1968 and Newcombe, one of the first players to follow Jackie Robinson across the "color line" that had kept African Americans out of Major League Baseball, was sitting in the dining room of his Southern California home with a guest. Martin Luther King Jr. was visiting. "He said, 'Don, it wasn't easy. I just want you to know — and I want the others to know — that without what you did on the baseball field, I would never have succeeded,' " Newcombe recalled King telling him. Robinson, Newcombe and Roy...

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