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    Speaking of honoring the great man, I've always been curious as to how many schools, major streets, roads, "excellence" awards (baseball or otherwise), or anything else have been named after him. In Queens, there's the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Anything else?

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    I can't agree. If no Jackie then someone else. If no Dr. King then someone else. The movement was 10,000 times bigger than any one man. Civil rights in the 20th century was inevitable.

    As for a National Holiday--I don't think that's needed. Jackie Robinson is already honored, studied and esteemed as highly as just about anyone in modern American history. Having the banks and post office close one a year isn't going to make him any more so.
    No offense but if you did that you would have 365 days a year of holidays. You would have to throw in Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Medger Evers, George Washington Carver, Booker T Washington, Frederick Douglas, etc

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    Here's to the 64th anniversary of his monumental "Great Experiement" (separate thread created by yours truly under Current Events).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnakamura View Post
    I can't agree. If no Jackie then someone else.
    I was reading a new Roy Campanella biography and it said that Don Newcomber and Roy Campanella thought the same thing. As time went on Jackie Robinson was becoming less and less popular with his teammates and Newcombe and Campanella felt that Robinson thought that they owed him because he was the first to break the color line. Apparently they didn't really see that way and that even if Robinson wouldn't have been first, someone would have. They were more concerned that the line had been broken and not by who had done it.

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    http://www.examiner.com/baseball-his...ackie-robinson

    A quick piece on the new website MLB has dedicated to Robinson, which includes audio of an interview with Ralph Branca about witnessing Robinson's debut.
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    Yesterday's celebration of Martin Luther King Day brought forth some pieces of Brooklyn Dodgers history. This article has an anecdote from Don Newcombe that may be new to a fair number of people:

    http://www.courierpress.com/news/201...-still-remain/

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    This is another one, featuring famous Brooklyn Dodgers fan Jerry Reinsdorf:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/whit...act-in-chicago

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    There's a new production in Chicago of a 1990 play called "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting" -- the playwright is a college classmate of mine:

    http://www.theatermania.com/chicago/...ls-_46697.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIBaseball View Post
    There's a new production in Chicago of a 1990 play called "Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting" -- the playwright is a college classmate of mine:

    http://www.theatermania.com/chicago/...ls-_46697.html
    Hey, that's very cool. I wish I could see it. If I lived anywhere near Chicago, I'd not hesitate.
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    Nice to see MLB honoring Jackie's first game 65 years ago today with all players wearing his number. A very cool gesture on MLB's part.
    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


    Put it in the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIBaseball View Post
    This is another one, featuring famous Brooklyn Dodgers fan Jerry Reinsdorf:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/whit...act-in-chicago
    Memory is interesting. I am one year older than Reinsdorf and grew up in the same neighborhood. There was one black in the school at that time. Walter Fuller was the son of a building superintendent, and was a terrific athlete. I barely knew him.

    Robinson's arrival was hardly greeted with unanimous joy either by the players or the fans, but he proved himself superior in every respect and deserves the praise he gets now.

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