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Frank Robinson Arrives in 1974, Clashes with Gaylord Perry – Reliving Yesteryear

They hated each other. It was hardly a secret, from their days in the National League in the early 1960s. Gaylord Perry had been the talented pitcher of the San Francisco Giants; Frank Robinson, the five-tool outfielder of the Cincinnati Reds. The narrative came easily: the fiery, outspoken black child of the U.S. civil-rights era vs. the white farm boy from the deep South. But was...
Via Waiting For Next Year
22 days ago  |  Discuss

14—The True Story of a Forgotten American Legend

With no disrespect to Jackie Robinson, we should all be reminded of Cleveland’s own barrier breaker.  He’s the one who took the second step; the one who baseball history often seems to forget.  He’s the man who doesn’t get the credit that he deserves and is one of America’s true heroes. He is Larry Doby. Doby is baseball’s version of Buzz Aldrin—the man who climbed...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Turner Field hosts naturalization ceremony for over 1,000

ATLANTA -- Dominique Bakilane is a soccer fan, and he admits his baseball knowledge is largely limited to the exploits of Jackie Robinson. But he was among the first to arrive at 5:30 a.m. to wait to get into Turner Field, both to beat the Atlanta traffic, and to fulfill another part of his American dream. Wednesday, the Senegal native and Power Springs, Ga., native, stood along...
Via Fox Sports South
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Marlins don No. 42 for Jackie Robinson Day

MIAMI -- A flurry of jerseys wearing No. 42 took the field for Tuesday night's game at Marlins Park. Both Miami and Washington took part in a league-wide celebration of Jackie Robinson Day by honoring the first African American player in Major League Baseball. "I remember back to being a player where it was a choice. Each guy individually got a choice whether to wear 42...
Via Fox Sports Florida
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

FSSD Charity Partner of the Month: Jackie Robinson YMCA

ABOUT US: The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA serves an ethnically diverse community of over a quarter of a million people in Southeastern San Diego. With a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility; every day we extend our reach to people of all ages with a variety of needs and interests. Our staff and volunteers are committed to making a real difference...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Statue of Jackie Robinson at MCU park defaced

A statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese that is on display outside MCU Park in Brooklyn has been defaced. The statue which features Reese with his arm around Robinson was littered with racial and anti-semiotic epithets as well as a swastika. Among the hate-filled messages written in black marker on the monument to Robinson and his Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Pee Wee Reese were: [...]
August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson statue vandalized

A statue of Jackie Robinson outside of the Brookyn Cyclones' ballpark - a Mets minor league affiliate -- has been vandalized with swastikas and racial epithets.

Via The Outside Corner
August 07, 2013  |  1 Comment

Jackie Robinson UCLA Highlights to Make You Feel Like You've Never Accomplished Anything

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...
Via Double Coverage Football
April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Video: USC Releases Footage Of Jackie Robinson Playing Football For UCLA

Jackie Robinson, football star? Yup, once upon a time. USC released footage of a game in 1939 between the Trojans and the UCLA Bruins, Robinson’s team, which resulted in a 0-0 tie but had some pretty good action. In the video, you can see Robinson break a few tackles and launch a vicious hit to pop the ball loose when USC was threatening to score.  As great as Robinson looks on...
Via College Spun
April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson’s Letter To President Johnson

  When I think of the late Jackie Robinson, the first thing that comes to mind is breaking the baseball color line.  Brooklyn Dodgers President, Branch Rickey,help integrate Robinson into major league baseball on April 15, 1947.  Later on that year, Jackie was named the MLB Rookie of The Year.  Two years later her won a batting title that led to the National League MVP award...
Via Reading Between The Seams
April 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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