Jackie Robinson never appears in Brian Golden’s “Cooperstown,” currently enjoying its West Coast premiere at the Road Theatre Company’s shiny new second stage, but the very idea of him is enough to catalyze powerful changes for the characters of this pleasant if underbaked drama.
Noah Wyle has a killer sports memorabilia collection -- KILLER -- and last night, the "Falling Skies" actor revealed his most prized possession... and it has to do with Jackie Robinson. Wyle was leaving Madeo last night with his girlfriend Sara…
Junior Gilliam, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson… That’s how I remember the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1956 lineup from the one time my dad took me to Ebbets Field to see the team I had loved since my age was in single digits. Show More Summary
We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new person will be listed as we count down all 20.
I did not know this: What Ayanbadejo didn’t know was that one baseball player already had. This week’s coming out by NBA player Jason Collins is momentous, but the Jackie Robinson of gay rights was Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A’s from 1976 to 1979. He tried to change [...]
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - When a racist pitcher beans Jackie Robinson in the head in the new movie about the first black man to play major league baseball, Sherrill Duesterhaus wants everybody in the theater to know it's a l...
A few years back, baseball writer and SABR member Mark Armour tracked the integration of baseball from 1947 to 1986, the 40 seasons after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Why 1986? That year would begin a precipitous decline in the number of African Americans, to less than half the high-water mark—and the trend may not have bottomed out. Show More Summary
While the mainstream sports and news media lionized Jason Collins for coming out of the closet last week in a Sports Illustrated article and even falsely compared him to Jackie Robinson, a new poll shows that an overwhelming number of...Show More Summary
Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson because it was good for business. The Dodgers' business. Well, also because Rickey believed it was moral. But before Rickey could do anything, he needed the Dodgers' Board of Directors to sign off on everything. Show More Summary
William Rhoden, a sports columnist for the New York Times who happens to be black, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he was "uneasy" with Jason Collins being compared to Jackie Robinson. He said the gay rights issue is one...Show More Summary
It's an iconic photograph... Jackie Robinson shaking hands with George Shuba -- the first time a white player and a black player did so in pro ball -- but the producers of "42" screwed it up in the new flick... so says the man in the photo.…
As soon as NBA basketball player Jason Collins came out this week in an article in Sports Illustrated, he was lauded for his bravery and heroism for being the first active out male gay athlete in major professional team sports. Except...Show More Summary
It took me awhile to go and see 42—the highly regarded film that tells the story of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier, which was symbolic of so much more—and I was happy for the experience. Even if his career...Show More Summary
The folks at MSNBC are still getting thrills down their leg at the thought of a out-of-the-closet gay man playing in the NBA. Today, openly gay news anchor and MSNBC Live host Thomas Roberts -- who on a regular basis runs gay marriage advocacy segme...
When I saw the movie 42, a biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in major league baseball, I cried. There were many parts of the movie that reminds us of the vicious, pernicious harm that white supremacy does … Continue reading ?
The movie "42" was brilliantly done. It captured the racial biases of the day, the unbearable hardships Jackie Robinson endured and the character of the venerable old ballparks. But if he were alive today, announcer Red Barber wouldn't be happy with his portrayal in the critically acclaimed film. Show More Summary
Compared to the hell Jackie Robinson went through, Jason Collins is getting a ticker tape parade. Collins, a 12-year National Basketball Association player, recently wrote a column in which he announced that he is gay: “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay (male) athlete playing in a major American team sport. Show More Summary
This week Tony Stark will be the big hero on the big screen in Iron Man 3, but Jackie Robinson was quite the spectacle to see blazing around the base-paths in 1947. His energy and strong attitude led him to take greater risks than the average ballplayer. Show More Summary
Chadwick Boseman got a big career boost this spring by playing baseball hero Jackie Robinson in 42, and now he may be on the verge of raising his profile even further by playing a superhero. According to a new report, Boseman is the favorite to take the lead in Marvel’s Black Panther, long rumored to [...]