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Jackie Robinson enlightened a nation

With "42" set to open, remember: Jackie changed more than the face of his sport

Updated: April 9, 2013, 5:01 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Ralph Branca returned home on the evening of April 15, 1947, to find his older brother John incredulous over something his kid brother did that day at Ebbets Field. As a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ralph stood on the first-base line next to a rookie named Jackie Robinson during introductions on Opening Day.

"What are you, nuts?" John asked.

"What are you talking about?" Ralph answered.

"You stood next to Jackie," ...

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