View Full Version : Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson ( would have been 88 today )

01-31-2007, 10:56 AM
DAN SHAUGHNESSY (http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2007/01/31/his_legacy_is_thriving/)
His legacy is thriving (http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2007/01/31/his_legacy_is_thriving/)

"I think it's the most powerful moment in baseball history," said commissioner Bud Selig. "It's one of the most powerful moments in the 20th century. Jackie Robinson took on pressure that no one could conceive. What if he had failed?
"I wish I had the courage of Branch Rickey. When he signed Jackie in 1945, that was before Truman integrated the Army. It was before Brown vs. the Board of Education. It was before the Civil Rights legislation was enacted."

Hyperbole? No way.

Here's what Martin Luther King Jr. said on the day Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: "Back in the days when integration wasn't fashionable, he underwent the trauma and the humiliation of loneliness which comes from being a pilgrim walking the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides."



01-31-2007, 11:49 AM

01-31-2007, 01:31 PM
Happy Birthday