'Jeopardy' Contestant Confuses Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson in Question About Breaking MLB Color Barrier

The gaffe occurred on Jackie Robinson day no less.


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Wednesday was Jackie Robinson Day, a day meant to commemorate the life and times of one of the most iconic and boundary-breaking athletes of all time. That same day, a Jeopardy contestant confused Babe Ruth for Robinson, when answering a question about which famous baseball player broke the color barrier. In the Jeopardy College Tournament episode, University of Southern California student Xiaoke Ying answered Ruth instead of Robinson.

This happened on Jeopardy tonight.

Today is Jackie Robinson day.

This girl goes to USC

Babe Ruth?! Just how.. why 🤦🏻‍♂️


— Dodgers Talk (@LaDodgersTalk) April 16, 2020

The major mix-up didn't deter Ying though, as she went on to win and advance to the finals. That still didn't stop people from sounding off on her pretty epic fail.

SHE SAID BABE RUTH?!?! 😭😭😭 https://t.co/NQQqGLw17P

— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) April 16, 2020

That time Babe Ruth broke the color barrier #Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/vwl696r6wY

— 𝕋𝕠𝕞 ℍ𝕒𝕔𝕜𝕖𝕥𝕥 (@TFHackett) April 15, 2020

What an idiot. Everyone knows Babe Ruth broke the color barrier in 1914 pic.twitter.com/H9vrIfiCtN

— Mike Ryan (Ruiz) 🙌🏽 (@MichaelRyanRuiz) April 16, 2020

Today I learned that Babe Ruth broke the color barrier in baseball. 😧😂😧#Jeopardy pic.twitter.com/VPZ84KBCzM

— Brady Buchanan (@bradyb9) April 15, 2020

tfw your fellow panelists confuse Jackie Robinson & Babe Ruth as well as Cornel West & Ta-Nehisi Coates in the same game pic.twitter.com/WKpf5SFhQp

— Michael Mauriello (@mauriellom) April 15, 2020

In 1947, Robinson became the first African American player to play in the majors. And while Ruth certainly wasn't the one to break the color barrier, he was semi-progressive during his time as a player in the 1930's, playing against black players when others wouldn't.

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