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  • A Different Take On Jackie Robinson

    04/16/2014 7:28:08 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 73 replies
    Yesterday wasn’t just tax day, it was the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the baseball color barrier by playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. For those games not washed away by rain or snow, teams wore #42 jerseys in his honor. ESPN, as usual, used the anniversary to lament the dwindling number of black baseball players. The number of blacks playing major league baseball has gotten extremely low in recent years. It goes right along with a massive decrease in the number of black kids playing baseball and going to baseball games. In many ways the decrease in black interest...
  • Swastika, slurs foul Robinson statue [Jackie Robinson - Brooklyn]

    08/07/2013 2:00:51 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 41 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 7, 2013, 3:46 PM ET | Adam Rubin
    NEW YORK -- Employees of the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones, a New York Mets affiliate, arrived at work Wednesday morning to find a swastika and racial and anti-Semitic epithets painted on a statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese that is on display outside MCU Park. ... "This is being treated as a bias crime," detective John Nevandro of the 60th precinct said in a statement. "Hate Crimes will investigate the incident."
  • Why Jason Collins is Not the New Jackie Robinson

    05/05/2013 10:32:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/04/2013 | Michael Brown
    As expected, the media has crowned Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, the new Jackie Robinson, and the Human Rights Campaign has called Collins a “hero for our own times.” His actions were deemed worthy of a personal phone call from President Obama, who told Collins that he “couldn’t be prouder.” Without disparaging Collins personally (I understand he had a great reputation among his teammates), here are some reasons why he is absolutely not the new Jackie Robinson. When Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, there were no black equivalents of prominent and influential gays and lesbians...
  • Jackie Robinson: Faith in Himself—and in God

    04/16/2013 9:07:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/16/2013 | Chris Lamb
    Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey first met Jackie Robinson on Aug. 28, 1945. Rickey told Robinson that he wanted to sign the 26-year-old ballplayer and break the national pastime's color barrier. But for him to succeed, Rickey said, Robinson couldn't respond to the indignities that would be piled on him: "I'm looking for a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back." Rickey then opened a book published in the 1920s, Giovanni Papini's "Life of Christ," and read Jesus' words: "But whoever shall smite thee on the cheek, turn to him the other also." Robinson knew the Gospel and knew...
  • Reviewing "42" - the Jackie Robinson baseball biopic

    04/13/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    various | April 13, 2013
    Is anyone planning to see this? Has anyone already seen it? If so, what did you think of it? Reviews from Metacritic Review from The Orange County Register: '42' swings for the fences, but it's one, two, three strikesRotten Tomatoes ratingIMDbWikipediaOfficial site
  • Harrison Ford Compares Jackie Robinson Breaking Color Barrier to Gay Marriage Fight

    04/12/2013 12:20:36 PM PDT · by drewh · 68 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | 12 Apr 2013, 11:46 AM PDT | Christian Toto
    Harrison Ford isn't the chattiest celebrity working the press circuit. Never has been. This reporter once met Ford at a White House Correspondents Dinner party and asked him three questions--Ford responded with three one-word answers. Pepper him with questions about social issues, though, and the man known to millions as Han Solo and/or Indiana Jones gets downright gabby. Ford, who once had his chest waxed to raise awareness of rainforest issues, told a reporter quizzing him about his new film 42 that Jackie Robinson's role in breaking baseball's color barrier reminds him of the current same-sex marriage argument Do you...
  • Michelle Obama On '42,' Which Tells Story of Jackie Robinson: 'I Was Mad Just Watching the Movie'

    04/02/2013 9:48:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    US News and World Report's Washington Whispers ^ | April 2, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock
    Dozens of D.C.-area students were invited for a frank conversation about race Tuesday at the White House with Michelle Obama, Harrison Ford, and other members of the cast and crew of "42," the soon-to-be-released film about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. "I know I was mad just watching the movie," the first lady told the 80 students assembled in the State Dining Room, as Robinson's widow Rachel, who is 90, sat behind her. "It would have been easy for them to get mad or to give up. But instead, they [met] hate—they met hatred...
  • Yes, Jackie Robinson was a Republican

    10/24/2010 7:51:46 AM PDT · by Michael Zak · 29 replies
    Grand Old Partisan ^ | October 24, 2010 | Michael Zak
    One of the reasons that Branch Rickey, a Republican activist, selected Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier in major league baseball was their compatible political beliefs. It is beyond dispute that Robinson was a Republican. Jackie Robinson campaigned for Richard Nixon against John Kennedy in 1960. After Nixon was defeated for governor of California in 1962, Robinson wrote to console the future Republican president: “The only regret I have in supporting you twice is that I was unfortunate not to have been able to help more than I did. I am sorry also that most Negroes were unwilling to...
  • Yogi Berra has a special gift for President Obama

    08/04/2010 9:40:54 AM PDT · by newjerseynewsroom · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Raleigh Telegram ^ | 8/2/10 | Raleigh Telegram
    Celebrity and entertainment correspondent Tom Murro says that baseball legend Yogi Berra has a unique gift for President Barack Obama. As Yogi would say, "It ain't over till it's over," and the Hall of Famer is still going strong. Yogi Berra, who now lives in Montclair, New Jersey is an 15-time All-Star and three-time winner of the American League’s Most Valuable Player award as a catcher for the New York Yankees. Berra, who obviously has a sense of humor, was right on the money when he famously stated that “baseball is 90% mental — the other half is physical.” Celebrity...
  • Michael Steele right; Jackie Robinson was in fact a Republican

    10/16/2009 5:04:12 PM PDT · by blackandgoldfan · 12 replies · 784+ views
    Libertarian Republican ^ | October 15, 2009 | Eric Dondero
    The Leftwing Blogs and News Sites are burning up with a "gotcha" on Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. The RNC's new website was launched on Monday morning. There were some glitches. This led Leftwingers to scrutinize the entire site top-to-bottom. One of the talking points they came up with, was that "Jackie Robinson was not a Republican," as the site claimed in the GOP Heros section. Like all good sounding internet memes it's since been picked up on every leftwing website imaginable. But there's a problem. The meme is a complete and utter lie.
  • Jackie's Impact Will Be Felt Today ( Jackie Robinson Day )

    04/15/2009 6:42:32 PM PDT · by kellynla · 14 replies · 481+ views
    losangeles.dodgers.com ^ | 04/15/09 | John Schlegel
    When players and fans gather at 15 Major League ballparks today, with every uniform on the field bearing the same No. 42 and ceremonies at new Citi Field leading the annual celebration of one of America's true heroes, the message will be said without a word: All of our lives have been touched by Jackie Robinson. On the 62nd anniversary of the day he crossed the color barrier in baseball and led millions of others to break through it not only in the sport but across American society, Robinson's legacy lives on in his credo: "A life is not important,...
  • HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, BABE - MAKING THE CASE TO RETIRE HIS NUMBER "3"

    02/07/2009 1:05:37 PM PST · by andrew roman · 23 replies · 567+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 7 February 2009 | Andrew Roman
    Once upon a time, when radio was still paying my bills, I took the calculated risk of veering away from all of the easy Monica Lewinsky chatter and dedicated an hour of airtime to the idea of retiring the number "3" throughout Major League Baseball in honor of the game's most important - and arguably greatest - player of all, Babe Ruth. Jackie Robinson's "42" had recently been retired - something that seemed perfectly fine to me - but it occurred to me that if Robinson was being honored by such an unprecedented move, it made at least as...
  • More than 150 players plan to wear No. 42

    04/12/2007 7:15:02 PM PDT · by TravisBickle · 14 replies · 580+ views
    ESPN ^ | April 12, 2007 | espn.com
    Are the growing numbers of players planning to wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42 on Sunday too much of a good thing? Minnesota Twins outfielder Torii Hunter thinks so. "This is supposed to be an honor," Hunter told USA Today, "and just a handful of guys wearing the number. Now you've got entire teams doing it. I think we're killing the meaning. "It should be special wearing Jackie's number, not just because it looks cool," Hunter told the newspaper. "It kind of waters it down," Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia told USA Today. "I could see the Dodgers since that was...
  • For Boston Globe, 'American Dream' = More Big Government

    07/24/2006 6:34:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 808+ views
    Boston Globe/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 24, 2006 - 09:22 Complete this sentence: The American Dream is the notion that all Americans, regardless of race, country of origin or obstacles to overcome can succeed, providing they . . . I'm guessing that for most people, the answer was along the lines "work hard." Not for the Boston Globe. In an editorial of this morning, American Dream Hopes, the Globe has managed to stand the American Dream on its head. What is required to achieve the American Dream is not self-reliance, hard work, gumption, etc. No, what we need to succeed are government-provided...
  • Back when Jackie came to town

    08/04/2005 10:59:05 AM PDT · by JZelle · 7 replies · 287+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-7-05 | Dick Heller
    So the largely faceless and mostly mediocre Dodgers are in town. No big deal. Ah, but when the Boys of Summer came calling, that was a very big deal. In the late 1940s and early '50s, the Brooklyn Dodgers frequently played exhibition games against the Senators at old Griffith Stadium before the Bums girded their loins for another fierce National League pennant race and the Nats prepared for their annual struggle to avoid the American League cellar. Griffith Stadium, located at Seventh Street and Florida Avenue NW where the Howard University Hospital now stands, usually was a good place to...
  • The life and faith of Jackie Robinson

    05/05/2005 7:53:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies · 814+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | May/June 2005 | George Mitrovich
    The life and faith of Jackie Robinson “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”—Jackie Robinson By George Mitrovich Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, recently received posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The presentation of the Gold Medal to Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, took place at a 90-minute ceremony on March 2, 2005 in the great rotunda of the United States Capitol. President Bush, House Speaker Denny Hastert, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, House and Senate Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 3.2.05

    03/02/2005 5:09:11 PM PST · by GretchenM · 339 replies · 5,415+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Wednesday March 2, 2005 | GretchenM
    President Bush had some strong words to Syria to get out of Lebanon, noted here. He and Vice President Cheney welcomed and congratulated the World Series Cham-peens, the Boston Red Sox, who ended a drought of Biblical proportions with their first World Series win in 86 years. With Speaker Hastert and Senator Stevens, he presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, in the name of her husband. In Arnold, Maryland, the president participated in a job training and education dialogue, linked here. Secretary of State Condi Rice attended a one-day London meeting, info here, to discuss...
  • {Buchanan Says Conservatives Are} "Spectators Again in 2004"

    06/02/2004 6:30:14 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 167 replies · 428+ views
    WND.com ^ | 06-02-04 | Buchanan, Patrick J.
    Spectators again in 2004 Posted: June 2, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Creators Syndicate, Inc. About George W. Bush, Americans seem to have made up their minds, and enough seem prepared to replace him that this election will be about John Kerry. And the forum where the nation takes the measure of Kerry will be the presidential debates. These debates have often proved decisive. In 1960, JFK won by appearing confident, charismatic and the equal of two-term Vice President Richard Nixon in knowledge and communications skills. In 1964 and 1972, Presidents Johnson and Nixon, sitting atop mountainous leads, declined...
  • Bush Honors Jackie Robinson

    10/30/2003 10:12:15 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 225+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/30/03 | AP
    President Bush signed legislation Wednesday awarding Congress' highest honor to Hall of Fame baseball player Jackie Robinson more than half a century after the former Brooklyn Dodger broke major league baseball's color barrier. Congress voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Robinson earlier this month, recognizing his achievements in sports, civil rights and business. A four-sport letterman at the University of California, Los Angeles, Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues since the 19th century when he played for the Dodgers on April 15, 1947. He retired after 10 years, winning six pennants and one World...
  • Medal for Jackie Robinson

    10/30/2003 7:26:49 AM PST · by NYC GOP Chick · 151+ views
    <p>October 30, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - President Bush signed legislation yesterday awarding Congress' highest honor to Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson more than half a century after the former Brooklyn Dodger broke Major League Baseball's color barrier.</p> <p>Congress voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Robinson earlier this month, recognizing his achievements in sports, civil rights and business.</p>