On Monday & Tuesday night, I watched both parts of Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson mini-series on PBS.
I was already familiar with most of Robinson's biography, but was fascinated with the light shed on his post-playing career particularly his political involvement with the Republican Party.
Of course, I knew Robinson supported Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election, but did not realize the contempt in which he held John F. Kennedy. Robinson was even less impressed after meeting with JFK who told him he hadn't met with many black people by virtue of being from Massachusetts. An angry Robinson told JFK it was his job as a Senator to meet with all Americans. Robinson was also appalled at JFK's selection of Lyndon Johnson as his running mate. During his time as Senate Majority Leader, LBJ had shown little interest in civil rights which was typical of Southern Democrats of that era.