Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player

Rickey and Robinson sized each other up. 

On the 75th anniversary of Robinson's debut with the Dodgers

Robinson's skill as a player is sometimes overlooked -- rightfully -- when honoring his cultural and historical impact. 

All these years later, we learn and remember what Robinson went through, the abuses he suffered, the pressures he endured. 

Robinson himself always expressed surprise that Rickey had selected him. 

Robinson had starred in baseball at Pasadena City College