Ben Chapman, Once and for All

The look on Chapman's face (right) says it all---he hoped posing for this and several shots with Jackie Robinson would save his job managing the Phillies.

Ben Chapman’s (right) look says it all—he hoped posing for this and several shots with Jackie Robinson during the 1947 season would save his job managing the Phillies.

Jackie Robinson suffered few baitings more vicious than those led by Ben Chapman, the former outfielder who managed the Philadelphia Phillies, when Robinson broke into the Show with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. And, yes, it really did get to a point where Chapman’s job was on the line, and he posed for photographs with Robinson—clearly ill at ease—in a bid to turn down the heat he had brought himself and his team.