JACKIE ROBINSON

The Negro Leagues

Clip: Season 1 | 1m 6s

Learn how Jackie Robinson entered the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. In this clip, Buck O’Neil recounts when the team bus stopped at a filling station in Oklahoma, and the station attendant stated that the restroom was "for whites only.” Robinson told the attendant “No restroom, no gas.” Fearing the loss of a large sale of gasoline, the attendant agreed to let them use it.

Aired: 04/11/16

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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JACKIE ROBINSON is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, D.C., in association with Major League Baseball. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon; written by David McMahon and Sarah Burns; edited by Lewis Erskine A.C.E., George O’Donnell and Ted Raviv; cinematography Buddy Squires A.S.C.; original music by Wynton Marsalis; original music by Doug Wamble; narrated by Keith David.