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31st January
2013
written by Sean Noble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who know me well know that I’m a huge Jackie Robinson fan. And a Sandy Koufax fan. And a Dodgers Fan.

A couple years ago I wrote a blog post explaining a little bit about my reasons for the fandom.

Today Jackie Robinson would have been 94 years old.  Not only was he the man who broke the color barrier in baseball, he was a great ball player.

The man behind the legend of Jackie Robinson was the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.  He was one of the original civil rights pioneers, but I’d guess that there aren’t a fraction of people in the United States who have ever heard his name.  And my guess is that he is never mentioned in course work on the civil rights movement.

That would be fine with him.  He did the right thing because it was the right thing, not for attention.  He let Jackie be in the spotlight.

I tip my cap to you Jackie.  Thanks for being a hero to so many people.

 

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