Jackie Robinson Day

Sixty years ago today Jackie Robinson played his first game in the major leagues, breaking the color barrier. Today Major League Baseball had Jackie Robinson day. I watched the game between the Dodgers and the Padres. They was the headliner of the games today. They had Jackie Robinson's widow, Hank Aaron, and Frank Robinson there. ESPN had them all on the air.

I cannot state all the good things that Jackie Robinson did by breaking the color barrier in baseball. He did it in a way that no one was going to tear him down. He did it in a way that he knew he was going to succeed. In a way that no one could criticize him or the idea of breaking the barrier.

To me one important thing that happened is that it became alright for white kids to like black players. I do not think you can under-estimate how important that is to bridge race relationship.


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