Jackie Robinson Story
On April 15th, 1947 (over 71 one years ago today), Jackie Robinson became the first African American Baseball player ever to be welcomed into Major League Baseball.
This not only changed the way Baseball ( and other professional sports ) would look and operate, but it undoubtedly helped change the way we all look at people of color or minorities not given the same opportunities as everyone because of their race.
I think being made to face what Jackie Robinson had to go through through the eyes of sports, went a long way in helping everyone wake up to an obvious prejudice, prominent and apparent in both Sports AND in social behavior.
As for baseball, like society this equal opportunity to participate regardless of color was embarrassingly "Long Overdue" and is worth celebrating, annually to keep all present and future generations aware of just how cruel and unfair we once were, while letting us know we must continue to strive to work together to see this does not happen again.
So, it's fitting that Major League Baseball designates every April 15th of every baseball season, Jackie Robinson Day by having every player on every team wear the #42 along with special Patches affixed to their jerseys and caps.
His life’s story was made all the more significant because he was also far more than just a great baseball player, he was a great human being. He had enough self confidence in who he really was and self discipline to be able to endure more than any of us should ever have to be asked to.
By persevering through all of it, Jackie Robinson was able show the world how prevalent racism and discrimination was in america, and that through the sport of baseball america could find a place to begin to repent and amend this ugly segregation that was still being seen in the lives of too many people everyday.
If your interested in learning more about the life of this remarkable athlete that broke through the color and social barriers of professional sports, there are no doubt, countless books and documentaries that I would encourage people of all race and backgrounds, ages and gender to explore.
...as George Santayana, once wrote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Moreover, there is even an excellant movie with an overview of his life currently available on NETFLIX, that should more than give all of us pause at just how far and hard some cultures have had to endure, to succeed against racism, not all that long ago.