On March 4, 1946, Jackie Robinson arrived for his first day of spring training in Sanford, Florida, with the Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers' AAA team. He was trying to become the first player in six decades to make the roster of a Major League team.
Despite its flaws, 42 is a great illustration of a moment where America was given the choice between the right and wrong side of history, and by and large, we chose correctly.
Neither America nor baseball could have any legitimacy when they deprived the dreams and opportunity of their children. At its core, baseball, like the nation that gave birth to it, is about aspirations; to teamwork, sportsmanship, merit and fair play.
He became largely associated with Brooklyn, the city where he rounded the bases with his team, the Dodgers. However, long before he was launched into immortality on Ebbets Fields, Jackie Robinson was a hailed hero of Southern California.
We might characterize her ongoing work, including her role as a consultant for 42, as advancing the legacy of her heroic husband. But Jackie Robinson would no doubt be the first to remind us that his legacy is also Rachel's.
Opening Day in Detroit is a holiday. It doesn't end after the home opener, either. It is a weekend of celebration. But unfortunately, with the good, comes the bad...
There is no greater story in sports than Robinson breaking baseball's color line on April 15, 1947. Yet there was little sense of that history that day in the sports pages of daily newspapers, even in New York City.
Springtime is here. The buds are blooming, the temperature is warming, and allergies are surging. It is also the beginning of one of the year's most profound and powerful religious seasons: I'm talking Baseball.
nd though you think you may know his story, you couldn't possibly fathom the horrors Jackie Robinson endured to pave the way for black athletes.
THE HACKERS AT BREAKFASTNY LAUNCH BASEBALL INTO THE HEAVENS Analytical types have long been drawn to baseball - evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Go...
You can smell it in the air. The musty team T-shirts pulled from the backs of closets and bottoms of wardrobes. The roasting of foot-long bratwursts on an open grill behind third base. That odd pungent odor emanating from the men's room. Baseball is back and all is right with the world.
By Pendarvis Harshaw You know the story of Jackie Robinson--the first African American Major League ballplayer? He did it for the money. Branch Rickey...
In honor of Rockies Opening Day, comedian and baseball fanatic Ben Roy joins us to share stories and make a few predictions for the 2013 baseball season.
The team's 98 win season last year was no fluke. While the Nats made a big off-season acquisition by trading for Gio Gonzalez, one can really attribute their success to the big contributions by former first round picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
What better way to celebrate the opening of major league baseball's 2013 season, the release of bioepic film 42 and Jackie Robinson Day than reading a book with a kid.
Twenty-year-old Bryce Harper becomes the first Major Leaguer to homer twice on opening day as the Washington Nationals shutout Miami 2-0.