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If you have seen the movie “42″, you will see former Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman as the evilest character in the entire film. While Jackie Robinson suffers from all types of racism and abuse, it is Chapman who is the most vocal and vulgar in his actions. The movie shows Chapman yelling racial slurs to Robinson
he bats, nearly getting Robinson to respond. Finally, 2B Eddie Stanky, who was teammates with Chapman on the 1944 and 1945 Dodgers, goes to Robinson’s aid by getting in Chapman’s face. Many that saw the film and were not familiar with the events may have taken the time to research Chapman, as well as other players and coaches portrayed in the movie.
Looking up Chapman, you would find that he was actually a very good outfielder with the New York Yankees from 1930-1935. Sure he benefitted from playing with greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, but he did accumulate some impressive numbers. After hitting .316, 10, 81 with 10 3Bs in his rookie season of 1930, C...
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Before Jackie Robinson was a blue "42" in every major league stadium he was a civil rights icon. Before that he was a Major League MVP, All Star, Rookie of the Year and World Series champion. Before that he was an officer in the U.S. Army who got court martialed for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus. But before all that Robinson was one of the greatest athletes...
Jackie Robinson was a darn-good baseball player, but if he chose not to pursue America’s Pastime, it’s pretty obvious that he had a solid backup plan in football.
On Monday, a UCLA-USC highlight from 1939 hit the internet. In it, Robinson (No. 28 on UCLA) can be seen dominating on both offense and defense. Robinson was one of four black players on the 1939 squad, along with...
The ceremonial first pitch at Monday's Marlins-Nationals game will be thrown out by Norman Berman, who was the ballboy for the Brooklyn Dodgers the year Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
The 84-year-old Berman lives in nearby West Palm Beach. He has been a Marlins fan since their first game in 1993, and he was the Dodgers' 19-year-old ballboy in 1947.
With the movie "42" premiering last week and Jackie Robinson day being held through-out Major League Baseball this week, the fine folks over at New Era ball caps released their own commercial dedicated to the Brooklyn Dodger.
The spot was called "First Changes Everything" and features many actors (young and old) tipping their hats to the legendary player:
Dodger Stadium is sold out tonight. Giving away some awesome Statuettes to the first 40,000 fans in the ballpark. If you have a ticket, please be patient getting into the ballpark tonight. If not, enjoy this one at home. The recap will be late tonight.
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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford put his own personal spin on Jackie Robinson Day during a game against the San Diego Padres on Monday. As you can see from the photo above, he wore mismatched Jackie Robinson commemorative cleats.
Crawford wanted to show off both the blue and white Jordan PEs that he, Jimmy Rollins and CC Sabathia received with the No. 42 on the back to...
Jackie Robinson is in the forefront of the minds of baseball fans everywhere with the release of the hit movie about his journey to the Big Leagues. While wearing the great's number--42--Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano showed the former great some love by knocking this one out of the park, a three--run shot to give his team the lead.
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Cano goes deep for his fourth home run of the season.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 — New York Yankees 4
Robinson Cano puts the Yankees ahead in tonight’s 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Robinson Cano, named after Jackie Robinson, a man honored throughout baseball, had the hit of the game tonight. On a 3-2 changeup, Robinson Cano hit an absolute bomb into the right field...
The show must go on. While people from all around the world were glued to their televisions; Tucson, San Antonio, and Lake Elsinore all had games to play. Every stadium was tasked with honoring Jackie Robinson, paying their respects to the men and woman in Boston, and playing a baseball game, and to the letter they all did a fantastic job. Too bad all three teams lost.
After a horrible first pitch last week before the Detroit Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game that skipped before home plate and landed on the SportsCenter Not Top Ten, Denard Robinson was given a chance to redeem himself at the Michigan-Notre Dame baseball game on Tuesday. It’s too bad that this successful first pitch won’t get the same publicity that his bad one did, because this...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Padres pitcher Eric Stults hit a three-run homer and stuck around long enough to benefit from a two-run seventh inning as San Diego beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Monday night in the first game between the NL West rivals since their wild brawl last week.
There was no visible rancor between the teams on Jackie Robinson Day after Major League Baseball executive...
After a disappointing loss last night on Jackie Robinson night, the Dodgers will look to get things back on track in game two of the three game series with the San Diego Padres. This will be the Dodgers’ first look at what life will be like for the next couple months without Zack Greinke in their rotation.
That starting pitching depth is looking pretty good now, right? After...
The Yankees are back in action after a day off, as they begin a three-game set with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks – both teams will honor Jackie Robinson by wearing number 42. Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees will hold a moment of silence to honor those involved in yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. The organization also announced that Boston-favorite “Sweet...