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(USA Today)   70 years ago today, MLB breaks its most important record ever   ( usatoday.com) divider line
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2017-04-15 11:23:23 AM  
Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? (1949 Version)
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We were very fortunate at our museum to have Jackie's teammate Clyde King as one of our first supporters and benefactors.  Mr. King was one of Branch Rickey's last managerial projects, helping groom the young pitcher for a career in the front office.  His daughter is still on our board of directors, and she has told some amazing stories over the years about Rickey and "Mr. Robinson."

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Mr. King is fourth from the right on the top row.  I'd make a crack about not knowing which one is Jackie Robinson (top row), but Rickey also brought in pitcher Dan Bankhead (middle row) later that season.  Bankhead, along with Larry Doby, don't get the recognition they fully deserve.
 
2017-04-15 11:26:10 AM  
And the country is forever in debt to Jackie and Branch Rickey for what they did for baseball.

/42
 
2017-04-15 12:01:59 PM  
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More less-important records were broken on July 12, 1979, however.
 
2017-04-15 12:13:10 PM  
Sheesh, racism in sports wasn't an "important record".
It was an important moment though.
 
2017-04-15 03:49:01 PM  
I should tell you that there were African-American baseball players in the Major Leagues....in the 1870s during Reconstruction. But all were forced out by the 1880s as sadly racial tolerance was not destined to continue.
 
2017-04-15 03:58:11 PM  

lindalouwho: Sheesh, racism in sports wasn't an "important record".
It was an important moment though.


It was an important record to beat and end, but the kind of record like "most consecutive losses". Or kind of like the Cubs record 108 years. The Cubs 108 years was actually much less than the 70 years between the 1870s and 1947.
 
2017-04-15 04:19:35 PM  
I always enjoy seeing everyone wearing #42 on Mariano Rivera Day.
 
2017-04-15 06:06:25 PM  
A friend of mine's daughter plays 1-A softball and her number is 42. I was sort of surprised that number wasn't retired, I know it is softball but I still figured it would be. Next time I see him I'll have to ask him if she requested the number.
 
2017-04-15 07:17:58 PM  

WoodyHayes: A friend of mine's daughter plays 1-A softball and her number is 42. I was sort of surprised that number wasn't retired, I know it is softball but I still figured it would be. Next time I see him I'll have to ask him if she requested the number.


Even in the baseball world it's only retired by Major League Baseball. High school and college players can and do wear #42, usually as a tribute I would imagine. I think minor leaguers can technically wear it too, though my Googling found no examples.
 
2017-04-15 07:27:27 PM  
Let me point out that you don't have to give historical facts in the present tense.
/ Great respect for #42 notwithstanding.
 
2017-04-15 08:48:19 PM  

Rwa2play: And the country is forever in debt to Jackie and Branch Rickey for what they did for baseball.

/42


Happy Chandler was more important to integration than Rickey. The commissioner had the power to veto any contract and Judge Landis had an over-my-dead-body policy toward integration. Once that requirement was met and Chandler took over as commissioner, the doors were open and it just became a matter of who would do it first. Since Bill Veeck was boxed out in his first attempt to buy a major league team, it was Rickey and the Dodgers.
 
2017-04-15 09:51:07 PM  

Kevin72: lindalouwho: Sheesh, racism in sports wasn't an "important record".
It was an important moment though.

It was an important record to beat and end,


Still convoluted.
 
2017-04-15 09:51:56 PM  

lindalouwho: Kevin72: lindalouwho: Sheesh, racism in sports wasn't an "important record".
It was an important moment though.

It was an important record to beat and end,

Still convoluted.


*expressing it that way is what I mean, of course
 
2017-04-15 11:32:34 PM  
 
2017-04-15 11:48:01 PM  
 
2017-04-16 12:04:19 AM  
Fark you Cap Anson, and fark you Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Who knows what MLB would have been like if men of color were allowed to play in that 50-year-gap.
 
2017-04-16 03:32:35 AM  

dukeblue219: WoodyHayes: A friend of mine's daughter plays 1-A softball and her number is 42. I was sort of surprised that number wasn't retired, I know it is softball but I still figured it would be. Next time I see him I'll have to ask him if she requested the number.

Even in the baseball world it's only retired by Major League Baseball.


Well, the 1-A softball thing was maybe sort of surprising but that one really is. I assumed any team associated with MLB would automatically have it retired.
 
2017-04-16 08:45:16 AM  
Adidas is honoring him breaking the color barrier with pair a shoes that are mostly white.
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