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#RememberWhensdays, Brooklyn Dodgers, Don Newcombe, Jackie Robinson, Joe Gilliam, Milwaukee Braves, MLB, Roy Campanella, Sandy Amoros -

Walter Alston had no intention of playing Sandy Amoros in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ July 17, 1954, matchup versus the Milwaukee Braves. The Cuban outfielder was batting .361 with 50 runs batted in and 13 home runs in 66 games, but his tumultuous run through the Dodgers’ farm system had given Brooklyn’s manager pause about calling […]

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It took Gary Jones absolutely no time to find success as a baseball manager. At 30 years old and in his first season as skipper of the Madison (Wisconsin) Muskies, he led the Class-A ballclub to a 77-61 record and to the 1991 Midwest League championship game. The team would fall to the Clinton (Iowa) […]

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Bowie Kuhn, Jackie Robinson, MLB, MLB Playoffs, Rachel Robinson, Sharon Robinson -

Jackie Robinson went to the grave with his final request of Major League Baseball unfulfilled. The Los Angeles Dodgers legend died discouraged and frustrated with big league teams because of the way they dragged their feet on hiring black managers and front-office employees. Some opined that black managers hadn’t been hired in the 25 years […]

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Books, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Pittsburgh -

Black athletes have always been an integral part of Pittsburgh’s identity, from Negro League slugger Josh Gibson to Franco Harris and his Immaculate Reception to the modern exploits of pass-catcher Antonio Brown. Now, a new book about Pittsburgh’s unrecognized influence on black America connects the city with two more giant personalities: Joe Louis and Jackie […]

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Baltimore Orioles, Devin Hester, Jackie Robinson, Kawhi Leonard, Manny Machado, MLB, San Antonio Spurs, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Kawhi Leonard made his season debut Tuesday night, scoring 13 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ 95-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Leonard, who has been sidelined since the preseason with right quadriceps tendinopathy, played 16 minutes in his first game since May 14. “I thought he was wonderful,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich […]

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Baseball, Hubert Humphrey, Jackie Robinson, Politics, Richard Nixon -

In October 1968, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the man who had changed baseball and American sports forever, was 12 years into retirement and ready to return to the World Series. In his years away from the game he had grown sickly and dispirited, riddled by diabetes and heartbroken over family trials. The man who once stood […]

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Commentary, Jackie Robinson, Pots And Pans -

During the 2017 World Series, I imagined Jackie Robinson smiling from the home dugout at the edge of a field of dreams. So much had changed since the “great experiment” of 1947, when he broke baseball’s color line. So many have walked through the door he’d held open with strength, courage and endurance, in baseball […]

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Carla Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade, Eric Bledsoe, Jackie Robinson, Jemele Hill, What Had Happened Was -

Game. blouses. Dwyane Wade will now come off the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 15-year guard approached head coach Tyronn Lue this past weekend and made the request. Fellow guard J.R. Smith will return to the lineup in Wade’s place — a role Smith held for the past three seasons before Wade signed […]

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Baseball, Brooklyn Dodgers, Dan Bankhead, Dave Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees -

Seventy years ago, Jackie Robinson and Dan Bankhead became the first African-Americans to play in a World Series. The pair did so in 1947, during their rookie seasons, as the Brooklyn Dodgers faced the New York Yankees. Robinson brought an end to the ban on black players in Major League Baseball when he joined the […]

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CulturePlay, Dwayne Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Kyrie Irving, Museums, NASA, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Social Media, Television -

Celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson likes to talk. Loves it. When you ask the New York native and director of the Hayden Planetarium a question, his voice lights up. Whether it’s about science or popular culture, Tyson is eager to educate, often offering more than you even asked for. The fourth season of National Geographic’s […]

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50 Greatest, Commentary, Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Locker Room Talk, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt -

A little more than a week ago, I posed a challenge to readers and you responded. As The Undefeated rolled out its 50 Greatest Black Athletes list, I asked you to choose just five. Imagine that you had been challenged to a winner-take-all, do-or-die athletic competition. You wouldn’t know the rules or the nature of […]

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Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Golden State Warriors, Jackie Robinson, Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul George, Tennis, Venus Williams, What Had Happened Was, Wimbledon, Women's Tennis -

GAME. BLOUSES. Venus Williams won her semifinal match on Thursday morning at Wimbledon and is headed to her first title match there since 2009. She is seeking her sixth Wimbledon title, and with a victory, the 37-year-old would become the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era. Before the […]

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Civil Rights, Jackie Robinson, John F. Kennedy, MLB -

John F. Kennedy was sailing through the 1960 presidential primaries on his way to the Democratic nomination. But he had a problem: A majority of African-Americans were not voting for him. His young aide, Ted Sorensen, was blunt about blacks’ feelings toward the candidate. “Many are distrustful,” he warned in a memo. “Some are suspicious, […]

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Major League Baseball will celebrate its annual Jackie Robinson Day from New York’s Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday. The celebration includes the unveiling of a statue in Robinson’s honor at Dodger Stadium, and the baseball team at UCLA, Robinson’s alma mater, will wear cleats with newspaper headlines and Robinson’s No. 42 […]

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The U.S. Mint is issuing a $100 gold coin depicting Lady Liberty as a sista to commemorate its 225th anniversary. It’s 24-carat gold and weighs in at an ounce. Future coins will show Lady Liberty as Asian-American, Latin American and Native American “to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.” And while […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Brooklyn Dodgers, Jack Tar Harrison Hotel, Jackie Robinson, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies -

When it came to the subject of integration, the Philadelphia Phillies were once one of the least progressive clubs in baseball. The team’s first black player joined on April 22, 1957, when John Kennedy stepped in for Solly Hemus as a pinch runner in the eighth inning against the Brooklyn Dodgers, who had broken the […]

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Commentary, Jackie Robinson, MLB, Negro League -

“There ought not never have been no time called too early.” Troy Maxson, former Negro Leagues baseball star turned trash collector in August Wilson’s Fences. For some of baseball’s greatest players, a time called too early happened before 1947, the year Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. On Tuesday, when the MLB plays its All-Star […]

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Beyonce, Biopics, Denzel Washington, Get Lifted, Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali -

Do you remember how you felt when Angela Bassett escaped from Laurence Fishburne’s abusive hands and reinvented herself when she portrayed singer Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It? What about the time you found out Jamie Foxx had his eyes glued shut while he was capturing the essence of musician Ray […]

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Commentary, Golden State Warriors, Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis -

This year, Hollywood continues belatedly integrating the nation and the world’s fantasy life as only summer blockbuster movies can: Black people will bust ghosts, blow up bad guys and stand up for the American way while wearing tights and capes. But long before Hollywood embraced the possibility that black people could be heroes or superheroes, […]

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Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, MLB, Nation of Islam, Our History -

“I disagreed with Malcolm vigorously in many areas during his earlier days, but I certainly agreed with him when he said, ‘Don’t tell me about progress the black man has made. You don’t stick a knife 10 inches in my back, pull it out three or four, then tell me I’m making progress.’ ” – […]

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Ken Burns Tells Colbert Why Racism Dominates American History. Ken Burns Tells Colbert Why Racism […]

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Although it is known as the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia wasn’t considered so friendly […]

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball teams has maintained its racial and gender hiring practices in the last year, while the percentage of African-American players equaled a study's all-time low set in the 2007 season...

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are investigating swastikas and hate speech scrawled on a statue of Jackie Robinson and a teammate outside Brooklyn's minor league baseball stadium...

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NEW YORK (AP) — A baseball glove worn by Jackie Robinson in the 1955 and 1956 World Series has been auctioned for $373,002...

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Atlanta Braves, BJ Upton, Black Outfield, Jackie Robinson, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, MLB, News, Opinion, Sports -

OPINION - If these three and go out there and prove it like generation and generation before them did, then a new generation of kids will look up to them...

The post Why the Atlanta Braves’ all-black outfield is big for baseball appeared first on theGrio.

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Barack Obama, Bill Cosby, Bill Maher, Bryant Gumbel, Dave Chappelle, Entertainment, Harry Belafonte, Jackie Robinson, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Nat King Cole, Opinion, Prejudice, Real Time With Bill Maher, Sidney Poitier, Television, Uncle Tom, Wayne Brady -

OPINION - To be sure, making over-the-top statements is Bill Maher’s shtick. But sometimes it reminds you of the white guy with black friends who slips and says the “n-word,” much to the dismay of that white guy’s former black friends...

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