Let me toot my own horn and encourage readers to check out my Los Angeles Times review of a new collection of Jackie Robinson’s political correspondence, “First Class Citizenship.” I think it’s safe to say that most fans—most Americans—don’t realize what an important role Robinson played in the struggle for civil rights after his playing days had come to an end. Robinson made his misjudgments (on Nixon: “There is something about him that leaves me with the feeling of sincerity”), but his overall contribution to the American march for racial justice is hard to overestimate. He certainly wasn’t pleased with the direction of things when he died, in 1972. A few months before he passed away, he wrote his erstwhile friend Nixon, telling him “You are polarizing this country to such an extent there can be no turning back. I hope you will take another look at where we are going and be the president who leads the nation to accept difficult but necessary action, rather than one who fosters division.” Kind of hits home, doesn’t it?