Today is really going to be a special day at Dodger Stadium and throughout baseball. There are actually still tickets available if you want to be a part of an incredible event honoring a truly great man.
There are so many great articles online to read, I can’t begin to point them all out, so instead I’ll post an email that was forwarded to me by someone at Fox and originally written by John Tejada, who is actually the College Basketball Assignment Editor at ESPN.
"On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers broke baseball’s color barrier, ending decades of segregation in America’s national pastime.
I know that if you’ve watched anything in sports or on ESPN for the past couple of weeks, you’ve been pretty much hit in the head by this fact, but as Sunday approaches, please stop and think for a second how this one day truly changed the fabric of America. If there was no Jackie, would there be a Cassius Clay? If there was no Jackie, would there be a Jordan or a Magic or a Kareem? Shaq and Kobe? Would they be household names? Jeter, Reggie, Ortiz, Manny…would any of these guys have a home in our hearts if there was no Jackie?
I never saw the man play, I never met him. All of my memories of Jackie Robinson are old videos of him stealing bases, playing the field, stealing home against the Yankees. That probably is the one thing I wish I got to see most – Jackie Robinson play ball. Just once. I grew up way too late for that. But as a black athelete and as a black coach, I look to him as a hero, not just for playing the game, but for having the courage to withstand the hatred. Unfortunately, that hatred still exists today. We still have members of society who look to minorities as second class citizens, as inferiors.
I’ve seen the hatred and lack of respect on the court and on the strip of fencing, and in my opponents when I’ve coached. 60 years later, a lot has changed, but not nearly enough. Prejudice and segregation still exist today.
So I ask you all, when you get the chance on Sunday, just stop and think about Jack Roosevelt Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodger team he played for in the summer of 1947. Tell your friends. Sit down with them and maybe have conversations about the subject. I’m thankful every day that the world had Jackie Robinson. I just wish I was able to meet him."