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Bravo, Jackie April 15, 2007

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Jackie Robinson

ROBINSON ANNIVERSARY REMINDS US WHAT REAL HEROISM IS ALL ABOUT

FITSNews – April 15, 2007 – In a world full of overblown political correctness and manufactured hate, it’s easy to forget the legacies of true racial pioneers – of black men and women who survived authentic prejudice and genuine harrassment to knock down the walls that unfairly held them back.

Sixty years ago, Georgia native Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, an event commemorated at ballparks all across America today. Over 200 major leaguers – including the entire rosters of six teams – donned Robinson’s #42 jersey number in tribute to the legacy of a man who helped rewrite America’s definitions of courage, grace, honor and achievement.

When he was first called up to play for the Dodgers, several of Robinson’s white teammates threatened to quit rather than play with him. A week after his famous April 15, 1947 debut, he was openly called “nigger” and told to “go back to the cotton fields” by Philadelphia Phillies’ players. Robinson received death threats from racists, hard slides from his opponents, unfriendly glares from many of his own teammates and countless taunts and jeers from angry fans. Amazingly, he handled all of it with a quiet, unassuming dignity – never once lashing out at his detractors.

“I don’t know anyone who could have done what Jackie did,” ESPN baseball announcer and Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan said during Sunday night’s Dodgers-Padres broadcast. “A lot of people might like to think they could, but I don’t think anybody else could have done it.”

Robinson went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award, the MVP award, a World Series ring and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962.

In his own words:

Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.

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