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The Secret Service Almost Took Down Mr. Met

Deleted Scene From 'Taxi Driver'?OK, this is pretty bizarre. During a 1997 game at Shea Stadium, then-President Bill Clinton was present to honor the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic first MLB game. AJ Mass (who was then portraying the iconic Mr. Met mascot) apparently was venturing a little too close to the Commander-In-Chief. A Secret Service agent walked...
Via FenwayNation
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Photo: Read a note Jackie Robinson penned about breaking color barrier

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball honored the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.There was also another Robinson-related occurrence that happened earlier this week: A note written by Robinson discussing the importance of smashing the color barrier sold for an astounding $13,021 at an auction.The note, auctioned off by RR Auction in Boston, was written...
Via Bush League Chronicle
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In The Crosshairs (Quite Literally)

Ever have a mascot be threatened with sniper fire from the government? Well, the Mets have. (We’re number one!): Former Mets mascot AJ Mass, in a new book about his time on the job in Shea Stadium, recounted the April day when one federal agent threatened to put a bullet between the stitches of his baseball-shaped dome. Mass was angling to get his picture taken with ex-President...
Via Metstradamus
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The Secret Service Reportedly Once Threatened To Kill Mr. Met

Former New York Mets mascot dweller, AJ Mass, has penned a book in which he recounts some of his most interesting experiences as ‘Mr. Met,’ the face of baseball’s saddest franchise. One of the more notable accounts from Mass’ new book Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots details President Bill Clinton’s trip to Shea Stadium in...
Via Next Impulse Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Holy Cow! The NCAA Student-Athletes Have a Voice.

On Tuesday, with the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Jackie Robinson day in Major League Baseball, and the beginning of the NBA and NHL playoffs, a small announcement was swept under-the-rug with the plethora of topics in the sports world.This sneaky announcement came quietly from the NCAA on Tuesday, stating that "Division I student-athletes can receive unlimited...
Via Route4Sports
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The Washington Redskins’ name controversy is the result of a feud between two billionaires and the Washington Post

For the past couple of years, a lot of attention has been given to the Washington Redskins and whether or not the name ‘Redskins’ is racist. Before I get into the real issue behind this situation, I want to make it clear that in no way do I feel any organization or professional sports team should be allowed to use or incorporate names or images that denigrate any race. However...
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Jackie Robinson: The Hero Within

He stole home base 19 times.He hit .311 for his career with 734 RBIs.He helped bring a World Series championship to Brooklyn over the mighty New York Yankees of 1955.Any baseball player would love to finish a career with these statistics, whatever their race, religion, or creed.Jack Roosevelt Robinson is honored yearly by Major League Baseball by having all of the players who play...
Via The MLB Nation
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Yankees Game 15: Pineda completes a clean sweep

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Chicago Cubs 0 — New York Yankees 2 After winning the first game in dominant fashion, the Yankees turned to Michael Pineda for the day-night doubleheader sweep. In honor of Jackie Robinson, all players in the league wore the #42 on April 15, the day of Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut. The Yankees night to honor Jackie Robinson was delayed due to rain...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
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A proposed new Atlanta Falcons uniform is pretty sweet

Proposed uniform changes for NFL teams is nothing new. Every week, some sort of idea seems to pop up – from radical redesigns to Star Wars themed tweaks to subtle changes. Most are interesting, but fairly laughable. One new batch, however is worth taking a look at. Jesse Alkire, a freelance graphic artist / designer from Chicago, recently put his spin on each NFL team’s uniform...
Via cover32 - Falcons
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lincecum decent -- Blue Bastards cry after midnight

As we honored the great Jackie Robinson across the country yesterday, we thought of all the things he went through. Racist taunts, horrible cold shoulders, and everything else. He truly went through so much to help integrate the game we all love and we should all be grateful for that. I for one am also grateful he never had to suffer through a Josh Beckett start.THROW THE DAMN BALL...
Via The Dodgerhater
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Just in case you can't get enough of Vin Scully's Jackie Robinson stories...here's another

Tuesday was, of course, Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball. Every player in the league honored the great baseball pioneer by wearing Jackie's #42...and Dodgers' legendary announcer Vin Scully had a story about that.It's, basically, a funny little story where Robinson's teammate Gene Hermansky suggested that the entire Dodgers team wear #42 in order to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Scully And Miller Announce The Lineups On Jackie Robinson Day

Two Hall of Fame broadcasters, the Giants’ John Miller and the perfect voice of the Dodgers, Vin Scully, teamed up in San Francisco last night to announce the starting lineups for the first of a three game set. Watch as these two icons have a little fun with the lineups, and kudos to the Giants crowd for not being too annoying. Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Major League Baseball: Remembering Jackie Robinson

Most people who know the name Jackie Robinson only associate that name with MLB and do not know about his other accomplishments as an athlete and more importantly as black man in America. There are a few things about Jackie that you might not know. He was the youngest of the five Robinson children. His older brother Frank was killed in a motorcycle accident, and another brother...
Via The Sports Blitz
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mock Draft 1.0: With the 17th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens select…

Ladies and gentlemen, the first cover32 mock draft is officially here.  As we sit under a month away from the actual draft, analysts have begun to ramp up speculation and as we all put on our draft-hats, the actual front offices are finalizing their plans as they approach the new crop of prospects. A little background on the format: For this first mock draft, each of the editors...
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cover32 Mock Draft: The Atlanta Falcons are on the clock

All 32 sites contributed to a full mock of the first round of the NFL Draft. In the case of the Atlanta Falcons, there were multiple factors contributing to our selection. Would a premiere pass rusher become there at #6? Could we secure an elite left tackle? Or, were there any surprise players on our board? To see how the cover32 Mock Draft unfolded for the first round click here...
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Braves getting racist fan mail about Hank Aaron

Anyone who has seen the movie “42″ has a pretty decent understanding of the type of hateful fan mail the Los Angeles Dodgers received when they made Jackie Robinson the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Threats and racist letters toward black players continued right into the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Unfortunately, they still […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson- Changing the Name of the Game: The Michael Vick Story

Yesterday, April 15, the world of sports celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. In 1947, 67 years ago, Robinson debuted as the first African-American to play in major league baseball, ending the racial segregation that disallowed black players from playing on white professional teams. Not only did he break the color line in baseball, but Robinson also paved the way in taking the first step...
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While You Were Drinking 2014 Game 14 (COL vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an evening in the pub. And then every player, manager, coach, and umpire has the number 42, which just confuses you more. So here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (6-8) last night lost to the Colorado Rockies (7-8) by a score of 3-2 on Jackie Robinson Day. Robbie Erlin lasted just...
Via Padres Public
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Overcome RISP Struggles, Walk Off Against Dodgers In 12,

The game started on Jackie Robinson Day and ended after midnight as strong pitching from both sides and runners in scoring position woes led to a twelfth-inning walk-off win for the San Francisco Giants. While both starting pitchers were able to limit damage from the opposing offense, each lasted just five innings at AT&T Park. Both offenses had trouble at the plate in clutch...
Via BaySportsNet
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 14: A Picasso

42 was pretty good for the Cardinals tonight. True, every player was wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson, but in way, it’s still true. This was a dominant team effort by the Cardinals against the division leaders on the road. Shelby Miller went 6 innings, struck out 7 and tallied his first win of the season. Mark Ellis made his Cardinals debut and had 2 RBIs. Matt Adams...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Diversity Business Summit Day Two Recap: Jackie Robinson Day

  Jackie Robinson is the reason why myself, and so many others are able to get a foot in the proverbial door of the sports world. Robinson so transcends the world of just baseball and sports as a whole, he represents the possibility of hope through self confidence and determination. On this very special and unique Jackie Robinson Day, I had the privilege of being in the audience...
Via BlackSportsOnline
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15th of 1947, Jackie Robinson debuted for the then Brooklyn Dodgers against the then Boston Braves. This marked the first time that an African-American played major league baseball since the 1880s. Before his debut, however, there was an unwritten rule that said African-Americans were not allowed to play major league baseball. Instead, they played baseball in their own league...
Via Grandstand University
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Empire State Building lit Dodgers blue in honor of Jackie Robinson Day (Photo)

Each year on April 15, Major League Baseball remembers and celebrates the life and impact of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. The New York Yankees had a ceremony planned to honor both Robinson and Nelson Mandela on Tuesday that was to be attended by Robinson’s widow Rachel and daughter Sharon. Unfortunately, rain forced the postponement […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Empire State Building in blue for Jackie Robinson Day

To honor the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the MLB color barrier, the Empire State Building shined True Dodger Blue.
Via Gamedayr
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson Day

On Tuesday baseball honored Jackie Robinson as every active player dooned number 42 in honor of the man who broke the color barrier 67 years ago. At the start of the 1946 season there were 400 major league baseball players spread throughout 16 teams. Every single one of those 400 player was caucasian. But by the start of the 1947 season that number would fall to 399. As Jackie...
Via TopSportsReport
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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