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Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Beyond Home Plate

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.21.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

As we gear up for the exciting release of 42, let's also keep in mind the larger image of Jackie Robinson. He was also a tireless civil rights leader in his own right, furious with racial injustice and positively committed to securing first class citizenship for all.

Alan Tudyk: It Sucks Not Being Able to Come Back for the Firefly and Wreck-it Ralph Sequels

Jim Hill | Posted 04.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

"I've done voicework for animated features before. You can hear me voicing minor characters in three of the four Ice Age movies. But King Candy is the first character that I've had in an animated feature which has some real meat on his bones."

No. 42 Gets Google Doodled

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.31.2013 | Technology

Nothing will beat the honor Major League Baseball gave Jackie Robinson in 1997, retiring his number, 42, for every single major league team. But don't...

Review: Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend

Julio Pabon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Sports
Julio Pabon

Satchel started to play baseball straight out of the Alabama Juvenile Reform School in 1926, the same year that marked the beginning of Jim Crow laws segregating blacks, and pitched his last game in 1965.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 03.13.2013 | New York
Len Berman

This is huge. Baseball players will be randomly tested for HGH during this coming season, and the tests will be unannounced.

Jackie Robinson, Not Karl Rove

Michael G. Long | Posted 01.09.2013 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

For a long time, the Republican National Committee touted Jackie Robinson as an all-star Republican on its website. But Republican leadership should have accepted pointed advice he offered back in the 1960s: Don't become a white man's party.

Saul Alinsky Elementary School? How We Honor America's Radicals and Reformers

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A society that really wants to celebrate the life of an important figure -- to keep his or her memory alive in our collective psyche -- must do so publicly and permanently.

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.

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 | Home
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...