Today, of course, is the anniversary of Robinson’s MLB debut in 1947. All baseball fans everywhere owe him a debt of gratitude. Let us also remember and be thankful for Larry Doby, Elston Howard, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Minnie Minoso, and every other black athlete who put up with levels of crap the rest of us will thankfully never experience in order to play baseball. Without them all, MLB would not really be the best players in the world. It’s fair to say their efforts also helped push American society as a whole forward too.