Column: FOX’s ‘Pitch’ offers some hope, mostly an escape

“43?” Ginny Baker looked up from her brand new jersey left for her in the small room away from the other players. “One up from Jackie.” Baker would sport a jersey that was one number above the legendary Jackie Robinson, who famously broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. She would be the first […] The post Column: FOX’s ‘Pitch’ offers some hope, mostly...
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Jackie Robinson has stretch of major freeway named after him

Before Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier, helping set into motion a dramatic shift in racial attitude in this nation, he was a four-sport star at UCLA. In addition to playing baseball, he won 1940 NCAA Men’s Track and Field Championships and was one of only four black players on the school’s football team. Now, more than three quarters of a century...
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August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

After 69 years, Philadelphia apologizes to Jackie Robinson

Sixty-nine years ago on April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson appeared in his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers and officially broke the color barrier in baseball. That game was against the Philadelphia Phillies, who ridiculed and criticized Robinson and the Dodgers for their actions. 69 years later, the City of Philadelphia is prepared to apologize. Jackie Robinson Day celebrations...
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April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson’s widow Rachel calls for more minority coaches

It has been nearly 70 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and the late Hall of Famer’s widow is still trying to advocate for more changes to be made in the sport in the name of racial equality. In a recent Q&A about a two-part PBS documentary called “Jackie Robinson” that will air in April, Rachel Robinson raised concerns about how...
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January 19, 2016  |  Discuss

McClendon firing highlights lack of diversity amongst managers

Seattle fired manager Lloyd McClendon on Oct. 9. With a brand-new general manager in Jerry Dipoto and a disappointing 76–86 record in 2015, McClendon’s dismissal was by no means a surprise. But with McClendon out, baseball is left with no black managers. While Major League Baseball boasted a record 10 managers of color in 2009, Fredi González of the Atlanta Braves is now the...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Astronaut Honors Jackie Robinson from Space

We hear it all the time when a ball is jacked out of the park that it could have easily landed on the moon. This time, it is almost accurate. According to CBS Sports, astronaut and baseball fan Terry W. Virts paid tribute to Jackie Robinson with a message from outer space. He sports a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and says he was impressed with Robinson beyond baseball. Currently, Virts...
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April 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Listen to Indians player-manager Frank Robinson’s 1975 debut

On April 8, 1975, Frank Robinson broke the color barrier for managers in MLB by becoming a player-manager for the Indians. During the game, he crushed a home run that can be heard as the youthful Herb Score and Joe Tait make the call just after the 13 minute mark during this historic game. Thanks to the late (and great) Joyce Lammers1 , we get to share the audio of this historic...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Rock rips Jackie Robinson biopic ’42’ in deleted scene from ‘Top Five’

The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 was generally a crowd pleaser. It earned a 79 percent positive rating from film critics on Rotten Tomatoes. (Here’s our review from 2013.) Baseball fans seemed to enjoy the film, as did those who follow the game’s history and one of its most important figures. But Chris Rock apparently didn’t care for 42. Or at the very least, the character he...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Parent says Little League whistleblowers also cheated

By Steve DelVecchio A parent whose son played for Evergreen Park Little League, the league that blew the whistle on Jackie Robinson West, claimed this week that the whistle-blowers are guilty of doing the same exact thing. Renee Cannon-Young claims her son Jacoby was recruited to play baseball for Evergreen Park back in 2011. Cannon-Young says her family lived on Chicago’s South...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Little League Strips Jackie Robinson West Of U.S. World Series Title

The Jackie Robinson West Little League All-Stars are Little League champs no more. The Chicago-based team has been stripped of its national title from last summer’s Little League World Series after an investigation found the team violated residency rules, Little League officials announced Wednesday. According to ESPN, Jackie Robinson West added top players from neighboring Little...
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

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