Angels and Twins square off on Jackie Robinson Day

The first place Angels are set to play the 0-9 Twins who are tied with the Braves for the longest losing streak to start a season since the 2002 Detroit Tigers were 0-11. The problem is, the Twins are due. The good news is, the Angels are arguably missing Minnesota's best two starters in Phillip Hughes and Ervin Santana. For more about the Angels chances for this weekend's series...
Via Angelswin
17 days ago  |  Discuss

After an apology, Philadelphia also honoring Jackie Robinson

PHILADELPHIA (AP) On Jackie Robinson Day, Philadelphia is acknowledging its racist treatment of the baseball pioneer when he played in the city nearly 70 years ago. The City Council is highlighting an official apology during a ceremony Friday honoring the first black Major League player. It issued the apology in a resolution last month. The ceremony is being held at Philadelphia...
Via Associated Press
17 days ago  |  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...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saving his sentimental side for Jackie Robinson Day

LOS ANGELES – Dave Roberts hasn’t exactly been sentimental this week. Asked Tuesday whether he was excited to manage his first game at Dodger Stadium, he shrugged. “Not to sound jaded, but not a whole lot,” he said. Roberts seemed aware of...
Via The OC Register
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB is increasing funding to the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Jackie Robinson Day is this coming Friday, and what better time to announce an increase in funding for the foundation named in his honor than now? Rob Manfred has been committed to increasing diversity in baseball and also expanding his league’s community outreach programs, so the perfect combination has come together with the announcement that the sport is increasing funding for...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

In Part 2, Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson film focuses on quest for equality

After establishing how proud Jackie Robinson was of his race, how important equality was to him, and how hard he fought against prejudice and persecution, part one of Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson documentary recounts his path to becoming the first black man to play in the major leagues. Much of that story will ring familiar to those who have followed and studied Robinson’s career...
Via Awful Announcing
19 days ago  |  Discuss

In Part 1, Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson film defines the man, not the baseball icon

“If I had a room jammed with trophies and awards, and a child of mine came to me and asked what I had done in defence of black people, and I had to tell that child that I had kept quiet, I would have to mark myself a total failure at the whole business of living.” Ken Burns’ four-hour Jackie Robinson documentary begins with this quote from the baseball legend and civil rights...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 19, 2016  |  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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson West Little League accused of cheating

Jackie Robinson West, the Little League team from Chicago that represented the United States in the Little League World Series back in August, has been accused of cheating. Last week, a report indicated that the US champs, who eventually lost to South Korea in the final, had players on its team who were from outside the appropriate district boundaries. Jackie Robinson West, a league...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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