Friday, April 15, 2016
April 15 Is Jackie Robinson Day!
Every April 15, after waking up to George Harrison singing Taxman, this writer stops whatever he's doing to remember Jackie Robinson and reflect on his life and legacy. All MLB players will wear #42 to honor him today. Next year on April 15 will be the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson making his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Here are some insightful interviews. Leading off: Jackie's widow, Rachel Robinson, followed by Jackie's contemporary and key mentor to Wilie Mays, the great Monte Irvin, the manager and power-hitting first baseman of the Kansas City Monarchs (with whom Jackie played after he lettered in four sports at UCLA), John Jordan "Buck" O' Neil and, like Jackie, a Hall Of Famer and outstanding multi-position player, Ernie Banks (a.k.a. Mr. Cub).
This blogger enjoyed the following film about Jackie Robinson a great deal and will be watching the new Ken Burns/Florentine Films documentary tomorrow evening.
Around the world, we tip our caps with the utmost respect to the great Jackie Robinson - who, among numerous off-field accomplishments, participated in the March On Washington - as well as all those who continue the fight for civil rights. Here's to you, #42 - and to Rachel Robinson, too!