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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.