Shattering Barriers

……This Friday, will mark the 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson beginning his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier. The color barrier was also called a “gentlemen’s agreement” among the owners. Whatever you call it, until April 15, 1947, no African American played Major League baseball.

What did 1947 look like in America? Over a million African Americans helped our country win World War II. 1947 was seven years before the Brown vs The Board of Education. Eight years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus.

On January 31, 2021, Former President Barak Obama wrote on Twitter, “When Jackie Robinson faced down slurs, spiked cleats, and pitches aimed at his head—and stole home anyway—he didn’t only change baseball. He changed the world and paved the way for others, including me. On his birthday, we’re called not only to honor that legacy but build on it.”

Tomorrow’s show at 9:00 Pacific Time on www.365sportscast.com will feature a conversation with Author/Historian Lee Lowenfish. Lee describes the special relationship that Robinson had with Dodger General Manager Branch Rickey and what led up to Robinson breaking the color barrier.

This Friday, the Negro League Baseball Museum will pay tribute to Jackie Robinson at 9:00 Pacific Time. More information is available at this link. https://twitter.com/NLBMuseumKC/status/1513580947362488321/photo/1

……April 11, 1966, 19 years after the Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for players, Emmitt Ashford broke the color barrier for umpires by umpiring an American League game between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators. Please take a look at this article written by Marc Bona. https://www.cleveland.com/guardians/2022/04/forgotten-milestone-mlbs-first-black-umpire-took-the-field-for-cleveland-indians-game.html

……Last Friday, Rachel Balkovec made history by becoming the first woman to manage a minor-league baseball game. Balkovec manages New York Yankee affiliate Tampa Tarpons, and got off to a successful start as the Tarpons took two out of three from the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

……Closer to home, the Giants opened up taking 2 out of three from the Marlins, the Phillies took 2 out of 3 from the A’s, and Cal took 2 out of 3 from the Washington Huskies.

……Please stay healthy and well, and as always, Let’s find that shining needle of common ground in that haystack of fear.

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