What the Manager Who Verbally Abused Jackie Robinson Has to Do With Vladimir Nabokov

By Allen Barra

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If you’ve seen 42, no doubt one of the more memorable scenes is when Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman heaps verbal slurs on Jackie Robinson in a 1947 game. The incident actually happened, and it shortened Chapman’s career even though the two posed for photographers shortly afterwards to show that there was no bad blood. (Yeah, right).

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