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.
2 thoughts on “Happy Jackie Robinson Day”
For another terrific take on the career of Robinson and his fellow pioneering teammate, you can’t beat this book: Jackie and Campy: the Untold Story of their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of baseball’s Color Line, by William C. Kashatus.
I would recommend reading the following article at “The https://theundefeated.com/features/after-jackie-robinson-players-who-followed-faced-ongoing-racism-mlb/
Be sure to reference the section on Dick Allen next time you hear someone absurdly parrot the notion the Allen has deserved not being in the Hall of Fame due to being a “hot head.” Also, pay real attention to his BBR page…under the HoF worthiness stats, he’s right at the average for a Hall of Famer in Black Ink, Gray Ink, Hall Monitor, and 7 year peak WAR. He comes up a little short on some counting stats voters like for a slugger, but it should be remembered he played in an extreme pitcher’s era (he twice led the AL in homers, once with 37 and once with 32)…and he played 15 years, so not quite the longevity of some other players in the Hall. His career slugging % was still over .500, and his career OPS+ was a very Hall-worthy 156. He should be in. Hopefully the Golden Days committee finally gives him his due when they meet in December.