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04-14-2007, 04:00 AM
Sunday April 15th will mark the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color line in major league baseball. A fierce competitor, Robinson was forced to endure countless indignities in silence as he literally carried the mantle of his entire race on his back. His quiet, but indomitable spirit encouraged wide spread integration of major league baseball much sooner than many thought possible.
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Thank you Jackie Robinson.
Thank you for Andre Dawson, Willie Stargell and Ozzie Smith.
For Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron.
For Frank Robinson, Billy Williams and Rod Carew.
For Ryan Howard, Dontrelle Willis and Carl Crawford.
Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe, Luke Easter and Roy Campanella
were pioneers in major league baseball.
Thank you Jackie Robinson.
Thank you for Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Joe Morgan.
For Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson and Don Baylor.
For Lee Smith, Willie Wilson and Bill Madlock.
For Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero and Prince Fielder.
Thank you Jackie Robinson.
Thank you for rising above fear and hatred.
For turning ignorance into understanding.
For uniting people of all races to stand together and cheer as one.
04-14-2007, 04:02 AM
A real American hero IMO.
04-14-2007, 04:09 AM
Don't forget Eddie Robinson, who had to make sandwiches for his troops on road trips.
04-14-2007, 04:10 AM
04-14-2007, 04:52 AM
Thanks Jackie Robinson...
I wish Torii Hunter would shut up about people wearing his number. Jackie Robinson is about including everybody, yet Hunter wants to make it so only black people can wear the 42 uniform and is criticizing the league for letting everyone who wants to wear it do so. I think he's missed the entire spirit of this whole weekend myself.
I don't mean to make this thread controversial. I just saw Hunter's interview and I couldn't help but notice the irony of it all...
04-14-2007, 04:55 AM
That 3rd picture is fantastic.
04-14-2007, 06:00 AM
Yeah he opened up sports and made people see them for what sports are suppossed to be. A fun way to come together where people who are way different can find something in common. I was suprised to read only 6 percent of all div 1 college baseball players are black. I guess that's ok if black kids are wanting to play football and basketball more. Or do you think that in the inner cities where many black kids reside lack good baseball fields? Baseball does take up more room then say basketball court.
04-14-2007, 06:02 AM
Looking at those pics I never realized how big Jackie Robinson was. Is it just the pics or was he a big guy?
04-16-2007, 01:28 AM
04-16-2007, 01:30 AM
Thanks Jackie, nice pics.
04-16-2007, 01:44 AM
Great Thread :thumbs:
04-16-2007, 01:49 AM
"I was allowed to dream after that"- Henry Aaron
04-16-2007, 01:53 AM
Jackie Robinson's all-around play brought him the
1947 Rookie of the Year award.
04-16-2007, 02:04 AM
Jackie Robinson with Larry Doby, who became the second
black major leaguer on July 5th, 1947.
Indians want tribute for Doby, AL's first black player (http://cbs.sportsline.com/mlb/story/10129065)
April 15, 2007
CLEVELAND -- Jackie Robinson's 42 isn't the only number with special meaning to the Cleveland Indians.
Less than three months after Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Larry Doby made his debut for the Indians, becoming the AL's first black player.
Doby played 10 seasons for Cleveland, and the Hall of Famer's No. 14 was retired by the team on July 3, 1994 -- 47 years after he was signed by owner Bill Veeck.
Now that baseball has saluted Robinson's 60th anniversary, the Indians have asked Major League Baseball for permission to have their players wear Doby's No. 14 on July 5 in Detroit to commemorate the six decades since he bravely battled prejudice.
Team spokesman Bart Swain said while the club awaits word from MLB, it is planning to honor Doby during the team's Hall of Fame weekend at Jacobs Field when the New York Yankees are in town Aug. 10-12.
Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia, outfielder Grady Sizemore and second baseman Josh Barfield all wore Robinson's No. 42 in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Sabathia would love a chance to take part in a similar tribute to Doby, a six-time All-Star who died in 2003.
"I don't think a lot of people know who Larry Doby is," Sabathia said. "I watched a documentary on him about a month ago and found out who he was. Hopefully the league will let us do it because he's someone who needs to be honored."
Unlike Robinson, who played in the Dodgers' minor league organization, Doby was signed by the Indians and put in their lineup two days later. In 1950, he led the AL with 32 homers and 126 RBI.
Doby's story is often overshadowed by Robinson's struggle.
"I'm not fully aware of everything he did," Sizemore said. "I talked to some of the guys today about having Larry Doby Day, or we should wear his number because of what he did. It would be something nice.
"It would add just that much more to the game for what he did for this organization."
Although Doby's number is displayed on a wall inside Jacobs Field, Sabathia wasn't fully aware of what it represented.
"Not a lot of people know that he was the first player in the American League," he said. "As a kid, I never heard his name. Coming here and getting a chance to know what he represented and what he went through is definitely an honor for me."
Billy Clyde Puckett
04-16-2007, 11:03 AM
Great Thread Slap.
Thanks for keeping the game of baseball alive Mr. Robinson.
04-16-2007, 11:19 AM
Thanks to Mr Robinson.
Wasn't Branch Ricky responsible for bringing him in? We should not forget the effort or risks taken to get him on the team either.
Don't forget guys like Leo Durocher either:
Prior to being suspended, however, Durocher played a noteworthy role in erasing baseball's color line. In the spring of 1947, he let it be known that he would not tolerate the dissent of those players on the team who opposed Jackie Robinson joining the club, stating:
"I don't care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a ****ing zebra. I'm the manager of this team and I say he plays."
He greatly admired Robinson for his hustle and aggression, calling him "a Durocher, with talent." And Durocher liked to say of Eddie Stanky, the sparkplug on his 1951 pennant winning Giants team,
"He can't hit, he can't field, he can't run—all he can do is beat you." For Durocher, there was no greater compliment.
Took guts by these 3 men and others to break the color line. It would not have happened under Judge Mountain Landis's rule that is for sure...
04-16-2007, 11:56 AM
Robinson is celebrated as the first to play MLB but if urban areas don't do something to show kids the great game of baseball soon we might have to start honoring the last one to ever play MLB.
Football(college and pro) and basketball(high school and college) are great sports but baseball is the original sweet science in my book. MLB is far superior to the garbage that is today's NBA yet most urban kids have their eye on nothing but that garbage product. Probably cause it is much easier to find a basketball, place to shoot and pick up games than it is baseball.
That is the one bummer about baseball is that it isn't a sport that is easily practiced. Basketball is one that just you and a ball can work on your game all day long in the driveway but baseball requires others to be willing to work with you...unless you buy Reggie Jackson's Hit Away ;D
04-16-2007, 12:36 PM
And Roy Campanella whose hand I had the honor to shake at Chavez Ravine. Go Dodgers!
04-16-2007, 12:43 PM
Most important African American figures in the United States history.
1. Martin Luther King
2. Jackie Robinson
This man crossing the color barrier in baseball opened up more issues and opportunities for people of color in this country than many can imagine. Baseball was THAT important to the USA in 1947.
Also, thank you to the Dodgers players who embraced him and showed everyone else the acceptance of him that so many others did not, including other MLB players.
Very nice thread.
04-16-2007, 02:28 PM
04-16-2007, 03:36 PM
Joe Morgan had a very good point. He said that we never really saw the 'real' Jackie Robinsons on the field. That is, we never got to see what he could do on the field free of the racial slurs, death threats, boos, and hate from fellow players. Had he (Morgan) had to go out and play with all the crap Robinson had to deal with, he'd never be in the HOF. And yet, Jackie still put up HOF numbers carrying the burden that most African American players nowadays do not. Impressive statement by Morgan and even more impressive statement by Robinson.
p.s. He was out at home v the Yanks...*wink*
04-16-2007, 07:37 PM
145 views for an American hero black or white. (Isn't it amazing how color of a man's skin is always good or bad?)
5,999 view for a steaming pile of crap about lies and self deception.
Our priorities are clear.