Tag:Jackie Robinson
Posted on: April 15, 2008 9:14 am

Jackie Robinson 61 years later

On this date in 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American player in baseball history.  He wasn't the best player available, but probably the best one available to not only play but handle the hatred, the publicity, the heckling and the media pressure this move would undoubtedly bring to the forefront.  His success translated into a generation of African Americans who dominated the game like Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.  There was another generation of top African American talent led by Kirby Puckett, Tony Gwynn, Ken Griffey Jr and others. Today there are very few African American players in baseball with some teams not even having one on their team.  I don't know exactly what Major League Baseball needs to do in the inner city to promote the game of baseball, but in order for this to remain the finest game on the planet we need to attract top African American talent as we have in the past.  For whatever reason, African Americans are choosing football and basketball in droves over the game I love.  Being a Brewer fan, I am blessed with seeing talented African American players on a daily basis such as Prince Fielder, Bill Hall and Rickie Weeks. When he gets off the DL, I will enjoy seeing Tony Gwynn Jr, and when he gets off suspension, Mike Cameron
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