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Jackie Robinson

Sport as Socio-Political Institution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.04.2014 | Sports
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Perhaps, as time goes by, as more pioneers break racial, sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, language, and other barriers, athletes' very being may one day have diminished political implications, but sport has always been and will forever have political consequences and possibilities.

Cubs' Rizzo Baseball Humanitarian of the Year

Ken Reed | Posted 11.19.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As Branch Rickey once said, "It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind." Anthony Rizzo is all-in with that sentiment.

Beyond 42: Jackie Robinson and the Quest for Racial Justice

Yohuru Williams | Posted 10.24.2014 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Ferguson is a little over a three and half-hours drive from Kansas City, where Jackie Robinson began his baseball career; he started in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs. October 24, 2014 marks the 42nd anniversary of Robinson's death -- significant because that is the number that Robinson wore.

Derek Jeter's Endless Farewell Tour

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 11.16.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

The overstatement of Jeter's intangible contributions, efforts to make him into a paragon of integrity and honor when he is essentially a great ballplayer who managed to stay out of trouble and not say anything stupid to the media in 20 years, all make it increasingly difficult to either like Jeter or take his farewell tour seriously.

Jackie Robinson, Meet Jackie Robinson West. America, Meet Hope.

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2014 | Chicago
Frank Islam

Now, we are in the month of September, and the glory days of these young boys of summer are slowly slipping away. The question is whether this unexpected moment of hope can be captured, sustained and converted to others.

By Limiting Inclusion, NFL Loses On Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The NFL should recognize that the degrees of separation between overt bigotry and unconscious biases may be few, and the effects equally harmful. If a team failed to draft Sam based on his sexual orientation, the team discriminated against him and should consider the rightness of its actions.

A Rabbinic Take on '42'

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

The stirring 42, the story of black baseball player Jackie Robinson is a classic illustration of successful anger management, controlling one's emotions in the face of extreme provocation.

The Original Boy of Summer Belongs in Cooperstown

Robert Miraldi | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Robert Miraldi

Roger Angell reminded us recently with a long memoir piece why he will be inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. As much as his selection is deserved, there is another Roger out there who has not yet gotten the nod.

Dear Governor Cuomo: A Conversation with Natalie Merchant, Plus Catching Up with Freda Payne

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Natalie Merchant: "We're watching what's happened in other states with the contamination of aquifers and the devastation of previously rural areas that are now highly industrialized. There's also quite a bit of contamination of the air that occurs with hydraulic fracturing."

Honoring Rachel Robinson, Baseball Pioneer and Civil Rights Activist

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.19.2014 | Sports
Peter Dreier

On Sunday, Rachel Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. As Jackie's partner, and as the person who has kept alive Jackie's legacy, Rachel has had a significance influence in her own right.

The Moment Is NOW for Professional Sports to Ban LGBT Discrimination

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Professional sports commissioners and team owners should follow President Obama's lead and ban LGBT discrimination on the field and in the locker room, in boardrooms and contracting, among fans and employees -- and they should do it now, in this national month of Gay Pride.

Don Zimmer and Baseball Lifers

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Although there will never be another Don Zimmer with his unique collection of baseball memories and experiences, baseball itself will go on and 20 years from now it is possible that few fans will remember baseball without people like Bochy, Righetti, Hurdle or other newer baseball lifers.

In Your Face, With Cake

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

A confident athlete simply stopped hiding. He enjoyed his man's support in his big moment. More important than cake, he smashed stereotypes.

WATCH: MLB Honors Jackie Robinson On 67th Anniversary Of His Debut

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.16.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner ...

'He Meant So Much To The Game , But Even More Across Society'

Bleacher Report | Posted 04.15.2014 | Black Voices

On the eve of Jackie Robinson Day 2014, Bleacher Report had an exclusive opportunity to speak with some of the most visible and prominent African-Amer...

If It Weren't for a Handful of Sports Figures, America Would Not Have Integrated as It Did

Michael J. Cramer | Posted 06.10.2014 | College
Michael J. Cramer

Why were a boxer and a baseball player of such consequence? The answer lies in the tortured history of the treatment of African Americans dating back to the late 1800s.

Black Players In Major League Baseball At 1950s Levels

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.09.2014 | Sports

Jackie Robinson broke Major League baseball's color barrier in 1947, but in the past few years, the percentage of African-American players on the fiel...

Making Way for Jackie Robinson: The Quiet Fight of the Brown Bomber

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

It's that time of the year when we honor Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 20th century. While he appreciated the sentiment, Robinson often recalled he was not the only black pioneer in sports.

Pittsburgh Exhibit Honors Negro League Baseball

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new exhibit at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art shows the vibrant world of Negro League baseball through the eyes of legendar...

7 Women Who Helped Take Their Men To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 03.20.2014 | Black Voices

The late great Jackie Robinson once wisely wrote, “It’s an old saying -- but a true one -- that behind every successful man there is usually a wom...

Percentage of Major League African-American Players Has Fallen Drastically

Jimmie Lee Solomon | Posted 05.07.2014 | Sports
Jimmie Lee Solomon

In the last three decades, the deluge of African-American players into the Major Leagues has gone from a flood to a trickle. From the height in the mid 1970s, the numbers have dwindled down to a paltry 8.5 percent.

Jason Collins Isn't Worried About Being The Next Jackie Robinson Because He's The First Jason Collins

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 03.06.2014 | Sports

I father, I Brooklyn Dodger them I Jack, I Rob, I sin Awww man, I'm Jackie Robinson Except when I run base, I dodge the pen Lucky me, lucky we, th...

LOOK: Iconic Black Trailblazers Side By Side

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices

Black history is not stagnant. It continues to progress every day, as the trailblazers of the past pave the way for newcomers who continue to carry th...

'Not Exactly Cooperstown' Celebrates Baseball's Rebels and Renegades

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.15.2014 | Sports
Peter Dreier

Based in Pasadena, the Baseball Reliquary includes a research archive, a traveling museum, and the Shrine of the Eternals, the organization's alternative to baseball's official Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Michael Sam's Moment

Harrison Goo | Posted 04.14.2014 | Hawaii
Harrison Goo

A byproduct of our current collective obsession with social media and the 24-hour news cycle is that it has become increasingly more difficult to differentiate between a "moment" that's simply viral, and one with actual cultural significance.