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QUIZ: Name the first African American player for each MLB franchise

On April 15th, 1947, the color-barrier in Major League Baseball was famously broken. Can you name the 18 African American players who first played for each MLB franchise? Clue: Team-Date of first game Notes: Teams that relocated to a new city after already breaking the color-line are not listed a second time. Expansion teams that joined MLB after 1961 had been integrated from their...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

America’s pastime and the Fourth of July, a relationship of patriotism

No matter how popular the National Football League might be. No matter the growth of the National Basketball Association in the modern era. No matter the prolonged agony of sitting through a three-hour baseball game. Major League Baseball remains America’s pastime. It’s been here for us when times were great. It’s acted as an outlet during the most difficult of times. Baseball...
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20 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
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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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...
Via The Sports Quotient
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...
Via Sportsnaut
April 15, 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...
Via The Outside Corner
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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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...
Via NESN.com
February 11, 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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