Happy 100th Birthday!
Theodore “Ted” Corbitt & Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson
Ted & Jackie: Separated at Birth
Both gentlemen share these things in common:
Born January 31, 1919
Birthplace less than 300 miles apart; Ted- South Carolina, Jackie – Georgia
They were named after Theodore Roosevelt who died January 3, 1919.
Grandson of slaves
Faced segregation issues in athletics
Served in World War 11
Were married in 1946
Ted moved to Brooklyn, NY in 1946 and Jackie in 1947.
Spouses were nurses
Both are buried 200 yards apart in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Ted transitioned in 2007 and Jackie in 1972.
Ted & Jackie never met
I never met Ted Corbitt, but I heard about him very shortly after I started running distance races, chiefly through the Long Distance Log. In all those years and since I never heard anything except admiration for the man.
Jackie Robinson got a lot more publicity than Ted, but like him, one never heard anything negative.
The world of sport is greater because they participated.
Actually, the world is better because they were in it.