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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson On The 4th: The Prophet And The Flag

Michael G. Long | Posted 09.04.2012 | Religion
Michael G. Long

Robinson devoted his life to building the reign of God right here on earth and, at the same time, to criticizing his own country when it failed to live up to his prophetic vision.

Blacks and the Business of Baseball

Trey Ellis | Posted 07.30.2012 | Black Voices
Trey Ellis

Today, blacks and women aren't represented nearly enough in the business supply chain of the MLB. Fortunately the MLB knows this, so they are hosting the first ever "MLB Diversity Business Summit."

A Psalm of Baseball

Mark Thompson | Posted 07.09.2012 | Sports
Mark Thompson

For many, baseball is a religion, and its stadiums, especially mine in the Bronx, serve as cathedrals.

MLB Celebrated Jackie Robinson Day & Many Ask About Clemente?

Julio Pabon | Posted 06.18.2012 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

As crazy as that sounds, it is a fact that not more than forty years ago the game of baseball in this country was only played by white skinned players.

Ballparks Pay Tribute To Jackie Robinson

AP | BEN WALKER | Posted 06.15.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the tim...

Progressive Politics Played a Big Part in Integrating Baseball

Christopher Lamb | Posted 06.15.2012 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

Major league baseball will honor Robinson today, as it does every year, with Jackie Robinson Day. Today players will all wear Robinson's 42, which is the only number in baseball retired in perpetuity.

Jordan Schultz

Darryl Strawberry Discusses His New Baseball Film And Displeasure With MLB | Jordan Schultz | Posted 04.13.2012 | Sports

Darryl Strawberry was an eight-time MLB All-Star and four-time World Series champion over a decorated career that spanned 17 seasons. The 1983 Rookie ...

Baseball: Have African American Players Progressed Since Al Campanis?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 06.10.2012 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

Today is the 25th Anniversary of Al Campanis' disturbing comments about African-American baseball players. Some have suggested his remarks have helped baseball and diversity. Has it? I beg to differ.

Baseball, Values, and Justice

Jess Coleman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Teen
Jess Coleman

Sports is about putting all sorts of people in the spotlight. It's about proving that you don't need a fancy degree or rich father to catapult yourself to fame -- you just need talent and a good attitude.

Happy Birthday, Jackie Robinson! | Posted 04.01.2012 | Black Voices

Jackie Robinson, who would have been 93 today, once said that "a life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives," Jackie Robinson sa...

Desegregation in Sports

Naomi Menezes | Posted 03.21.2012 | Home
Naomi Menezes

Sometimes, sports can tell us the history of a time period better than a textbook can. We can look to the story of Jackie Robinson to really understand the oppression people faced in the 1950s.

Hollywood Reveals Who Will Play Jackie Robinson

Posted 02.09.2012 | Entertainment

Hollywood has finally found its Jackie Robinson. Chadwick Boseman will play the iconic baseball star and civil rights pioneer in "42," Legendary Pi...

His Best Role Yet?

Vulture | By: | Posted 12.13.2011 | Entertainment

Good news for fans of baseball, movies, and movies about baseball: The Legendary Pictures' Jackie Robinson biopic announced over the summer, 42, is ga...

Baseball's Error: No Marvin Miller in the Hall of Fame

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.19.2011 | Sports
Peter Dreier

Forget steroids. Forget Frank McCourt's mismanagement of the Dodgers. The biggest scandal in baseball at the moment is the Baseball Hall of Fame's failure -- for the fourth time -- to induct Marvin Miller, who freed players from indentured servitude.

14 Myths About America | David Moye | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

America is the land of the free, home of the brave... the white picket fences, the 2.5 kids in every "modern family." Or so we've been led to believe....

Jordan Schultz

Q & A With Gabriel Busch, Author Of New Baseball Novel, "Circle Change" | Jordan Schultz | Posted 08.17.2011 | Sports

Gabriel Busch's new novel, "Circle Change," is an inspiring baseball story filled with romance, remarkable character depth and a detailed illustration...

Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson To Be Immortalized In Film

Posted 08.01.2011 | Entertainment

Already a baseball legend forever present in America's memory, Jackie Robinson, the barrier-breaking first black man to play Major League Baseball, wi...

Jimmy Breslin's 143-page Biography Of Branch Rickey Is Much More Than A Great Book About Baseball

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.17.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

On the morning before John F. Kennedy's funeral, Jimmy Breslin went up to Arlington National Cemetary and watched Clifton Pollard dig the president's ...

Jackie Robinson Remembered

Dean Praetorius | Posted 06.15.2011 | Sports

Jackie Robinson Day 2011 commemorates the 64th anniversary of his historic debut in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The anniversar...

Robert Redford Playing A Legend In New Movie

Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment

Robert Redford is set to make baseball history, and he won't need Wonderboy to do it. The acting legend told The Los Angeles Times that his long-pl...

Duke Snider -- Farewell, My Hero

Robert E. Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Robert E. Murphy

They played more than half a century ago, so most of them are gone, the Brooklyn Dodgers that I knew. This one hurts. For me and most of the kids of the 1950s, he was the one. Our hero.

PHOTOS: Amazing Never Before Seen Images From 1955 World Series

Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

With the 2010 World Series set to begin on Wednesday, it's time to look back at one of the most memorable championship series in the history of the ga...

The 50 Most Influential Progressives of the 20th Century

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We all stand on the shoulders of earlier generations of radicals and reformers who challenged the status quo of their day. Unfortunately, most Americans know little of this progressive history.

Obama Children's Book `Of Thee I Sing' Out Nov. 16

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Coming two weeks after Election Day, a book from President Barack Obama for some of the nation's nonvoters: inspirational stories for...

Eighty Years to Right a Wrong: Baseball, Politics, and the Press

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Kate Kelly

A significant moment in baseball occurred in New York on July 5, 1930. For the first time ever, Yankee Stadium hosted a game featuring two teams from the Negro Leagues, but no one in 1930 could have read about the game in the New York Times.