Originally created 08/06/02

Man pleads no contest to theft of Jackie Robinson's NL ring



LOS ANGELES -- A man pleaded no contest Monday to stealing Jackie Robinson's National League championship ring and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Miguel Rodriguez, 21, of Los Angeles entered the plea to charges of receiving stolen property and to grand theft of personal property, Deputy District Attorney Louis Parise said.

Judge Rand S. Rubin ordered Rodriguez to surrender Sept. 5 to begin serving the jail term.

Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, won the ring in 1953 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Robinson's brother-in-law, Charles Raymond, inherited the ring after Robinson's death in 1972. He reported that it had been stolen from his home last year.

Rodriguez was arrested in April after selling the ring, valued at $12,000, to a pawnbroker for $100. The owner of Mr. Steve's Pawn Shop on Western Avenue recognized the ring and called police.