As I have mentioned once or twice in other threads, someone named Harold Friend has a site called "The Bleacher Report" that regularly posts items from Brooklyn Dodgers history. Today's concerns an episode that I must confess I was unfamiliar with: the Dodgers' exhibition series against the Atlanta Crackers in April 1949 and their standoff with the Ku Klux Klan.
Branch Rickey stood his ground and the Klan caved.
Some other minor notes:
Samuel Green, the Grand Dragon who tried to stop the Dodgers coming because Jackie and Campy were there, died just four months later, in August 1949. (http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...83D85F4D8485F9)
Herman Talmadge, Georgia's governor -- who claimed not to be aware of the series -- later became a U.S. Senator from Georgia. He was part of the Watergate hearings.
But of greater interest here is the ghostwritten column put out under Jackie's name on August 23, 1949: