Found April 19, 2013 on
This past week MLB commemorated Jackie Robinson’s ground-breaking career, with all players wearing his number 42 during Monday’s and Tuesday’s games. Robinson passed away in 1972, well before I was born (well, a few years anyway) so like a lot of “younger” fans, I only know of his historic contributions to the game and civil rights through second hand accounts. Since I didn’t live through the 40’s and 50’s, I can appreciate what Robinson represents, but only at a distance – on some level, I can never really “get” Robinson, what he went through, and what that time in history was like.
A couple of days ago, I read about a book that Robinson wrote in 1964 that might help someone like me gain a deeper understanding of him, as well as other ballplayers of color that worked during the desegregation era. Here is a snippet from the Amazon description:
“Baseball Has Done It is an oral history of baseball and racial integration as told by its greatest playe
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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:
The 42 movie was a Jackie Robinson biography, but a Branch Rickey biopic at the same time. And both men were important in bringing us to where we are today regarding racial relations in America.
For those still planning to see the acclaimed 42 movie about Jackie Robinson, I urge you to pay special attention to the stadium which supposedly is Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, or, for that...
If you paid $10 to see 42, and you expected to see the story of anyone other than Jackie Robinson, one of two things likely happened:
You went to the right movie, but for the wrong reason
You missed a great movie … and that’s a shame
Coincidentally, sports media reporter Ed Sherman fell victim to both of those circumstances. In a column for the National Sports...
When Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford) defied baseball’s “color barrier” by signing an African-American player, he...
After throwing out the first pitch for the Tigers and spiking it into the ground, Denard Robinson had a chance to kind of redeem himself before a Michigan baseball game on Tuesday. Not donning jeans and wearing Jackie Robinson's No. 42, @DenardX made it to home plate with his throw this time ...
... at maybe 40 miles per hour. Totally redeemed himself.