A fine athlete at Pasadena CA MUIR HS home to HS Basketball All-Americans Stacey "Spider-Man" Augmon and Jacque Vaughn.
J.R. went onto play for UCLA and lettered in 4 sports.....Baseball, Football, Track, and Basketball. And before he became a DODGER he was in the Negro Leagues playing for the KC Monarchs, then the International League Montreal Royals each for a season,
then came the call from Flatbush NY and DEM BUMS.....the Brooklyn DODGERS and Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and Roy Campanella among others.
I salute the man who broke the Color Barrier for not just Baseball but for all Major League Sports for Black Americans.
R.I.P. #42.....you were and still are the BEST
Note: Branch Rickey also signed the 1st Hispanic Ball Player in the late great Roberto Clemente