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UCLA football backfield
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1940
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Used in the Exhibit: Play by Play - A Century of L.A. Sports Photography, 1899-1989.
When Robinson came to UCLA, he teamed with Lincoln High's Washington to form what Herald-Examiner columnist Mel Durslag called "the best backfield twosome of that era." In 1946, the Cleveland Rams moved to L.A. and signed Washington and UCLA teammate Woody Strode, thus breaking the color barrier in the modern era of the NFL. The next year, Robinson made his first appearance with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Left ro right, Jackie Robinson, Ned Mathews, Bill Overlin, and Kenny Washington.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 8621; HE-001-955 4x5
Robinson, Jackie,--1919-1972
Mathews, Ned
Overlin, Bill
Washington, Kenny,--1918-1971
University of California, Los Angeles--Students
UCLA Bruins (Football team)
Football--California--Los Angeles
Football players--United States
College students--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Group portraits
Portrait photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs
Time Period

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