MSNBC Commentator Al Sharpton was among those in the national media who covered the death of George Shuba in 2014 with a story about the 1946 handshake with Jackie Robinson.

The gesture “was a huge moment for baseball and an even bigger one for the country,” Sharpton said.

Later, he added, “He’ll always be remembered for how he took the fight against racial injustice into his own hands with that handshake.” 

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When George Shuba passed away in 2014 at age 89, the New York Times wrote one of its signature obituaries about him.

George “was best remembered for his welcoming gesture to Jackie Robinson at home plate on the day Robinson, as a minor leaguer, broke baseball’s color barrier,” the Times reported.

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On the 60th anniversary of the Robinson-Shuba handshake, the New York Times used that phrase in the headline of a story commemorating it.

George Shuba told the paper later he didn’t realize the significance of the handshake at the time.

“I really didn’t,” he said. “Our teammate hit a home run so I shook his hand.”

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