Lester Rodney

Lester Rodney (1911-2009) was a sports writer for the Daily Worker, and a proponent for the desegregation of American baseball. He helped Jackie Robinson break the color barrier by strongly advocating for him for almost a decade. Rodney worked for the Daily Worker up until Khrushchev’s report on Stalin’s crimes, when after a disagreement with the publication, he decided to retire and seek new opportunities in California.