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Missouri star DE is first openly gay NFL draftee

Michael Sam, a star defensive end for the Missouri Tigers, will enter the NFL draft. He happens to be gay.

January 31, 1919, my all-time favorite Bruin was born. Jackie Robinson was, of course, influential...

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January 31, 1919, my all-time favorite Bruin was born. Jackie Robinson was, of course, influential in changing the sport of baseball, but it was the sport many feel he excelled at least while at UCLA. Today is the perfect day to remember and get to know more about one of the greatest Bruins in history.

Bruin Bites: Reggie Carter's New Gig, UCLA's Scientific Advances, Cantlay Interview, Ball's New Deal

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Bruins Nation gets the week started with the Monday morning edition of the Bruin Bites round-up of bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse.

Bruin Bites: Grading Mora, Kelyn Rowe Interview, Interesting Take on Howland, and UCLA's Optimists

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Bruins Nation wraps up the weekend with the weekend edition of the Bruin Bites roundup of bits and pieces of news from around the UCLA-iverse.

Happy Birthday Mr. Robinson

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Happy Birthday from BruinsNation to perhaps the greatest Bruin of all time - Jackie Robinson.

Full-on "rile 'em up" mode: New photos of Jackie Robinson

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As referenced by Huffington Post, there is a wonderful collection of 27 never-before-seen photos of the 1955 World Series from Life magazine. My favorites are two of Jackie Robinson, stealing home in the eighth inning of game one. What 'nads. From the caption of one of these two photos: "...Brooklyn would not win this game, but Robinson's steal made it plain that they weren't going to let the yankees simply walk away with the title. It was going to be a battle to the very end. (For what it's worth, an awful lot of people who have reviewed the play in the years since believe that the ump, Bill Summers, blew the call. But probably even more are happy to believe that Robbie pulled it off.)" There is also a great sequence of photos of Jackie, boldly "dancing off of third," daring a throw. Again, from the caption: "This picture is from the same series of Morse photos that produced perhaps the single most famous image of Jackie Robinson ever made -- a portrait of the Dodgers' second baseman in full-on "rile 'em up" mode that has become, 55 years later, an emblem of competitive fire. This, the picture says, is the guy you want on your team."

Rachel Robinson: Reflections of A Trailblazer

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Rachel Robinson talks about the early days in professional baseball with Jackie.

MLB promo featuring our own Jackie Robinson stealing home base. Clever use of original footage plus...

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MLB promo featuring our own Jackie Robinson stealing home base. Clever use of original footage plus recreated close ups create a dramatic build up. Very well done.

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Honoring Bruin Legends Kenny Washington/Woody Strode: Jackie Robinson(s) Of Pro Football

Honoring Bruin Legends Kenny Washington + Woody Strode: Jackie Robinson(s) Of Pro Football

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar honors Rachel Robinson on UCLA Day. GO BRUINS.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar honors Rachel Robinson on UCLA Day. GO BRUINS.

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