Did you know that #42 Jackie Robinson coached BASKETBALL in Austin? Robinson spent a year at Huston-Tilloston University as a coach an also served on the school’s board for many years. Learn how Robinson ended up in Austin and hear from one of the players Robinson coached.
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Roland Harden, who played for Robinson the year that he coached. Harden likes to say he never formally played basketball before college; he played ‘street ball,’ playing pickup games and with local groups. Harden credits Robinson for his success in life — the basketball scholarship Robinson offered Harden allowed him to stay in school and become an educator. He still lives in east Austin.
LaToya Devezin, who is the African American Community Archivist for the Austin History Center and a self-professed baseball fan.
For more historical background, here is a clip from Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson documentary on Robinson’s court martial from Camp Hood.