Jackie Robinson Day

69-years ago, Jackie Robinson made his major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

In celebration of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, all MLB teams retired the #42 and April 15th is now known as ‘Jackie Robinson Day’. On this day all players, coaches, and umpires wear Robinson’s #42.

If you have not seen the Ken Burns‘ documentary on Robinson you can check it out online

Jackie Robinson Part 1

Jackie Robinson Part 2

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As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

#RIP Earl F. Lloyd, the 1st African-American to Play in the NBA

This week we lost a trail blazer in the NBA.

Earl F. Lloyd was the 1st African-American to play in the NBA. He entered the NBA during the 1950-51 season with Chuck Cooper, Nathaniel Clifton, and Hank DeZonie. Lloyd played from 1950-1960; in 1955 he won a NBA Championship with Syracuse.

After his playing career Lloyd coached the Detroit Pistons from 1971-1972.

It’s a shame that Lloyd is not talked about more for his accomplishments. I consider myself a sports fanatic and I can’t recall ever hearing about Earl Lloyd. Not even during Black History Month have I ever heard the NBA acknowledge Lloyd.

Baseball does a great job celebrating Jackie Robinson every year. It’s time for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA to step up and do a better job celebrating heroes like Earl Lloyd!

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

The Jackie Robinson Movie

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As a life long fan of baseball I cannot wait to see the movie ‘42‘, the story of Jackie Robinson integrating Major League Baseball. If some how you have been living under a rock Jackie Robinson was the 1st African-American to play in the Major Leagues.

Over the past couple of years I have listen to several discussions talking about the impact of Jackie Robinson on both Major League Baseball and the Negro Leagues.  While most look at Jackie Robinson’s achievements as a positive impact on society there are others who view Robinson leaving the Negro Leagues as the beginning of the end for the all Black league.  Robinson’s success led to the plucking of talent by MLB….

Was this a good thing or a bad thing?

Without a doubt it was bad for the Negro League but the good out weighed the bad!

The integration of baseball dispelled the ridiculous notion that the Black athlete could not contest with the best White ball players.  While I can understand the opinions of those like Dr Boyce Watkins who correctly states that the downfall of the Negro Leagues destroyed Black business.  I cannot understand what seems to be a lack of respect for the impact of Jackie Robinson.  In a recent YouTube video Dr Watkins talks about not having the desire to see the movie ’42’.

While Dr Watkins talks about “ownership” in his video, in my opinion he ignores the ownership Jackie Robinson took in his own life by not allowing bigots and racists to tell him he could not be on the same baseball field as Whites.   Does Dr Watkins believe that if the Negro Leagues would have continued with Robinson that it would have had a greater impact than Robinson integrating MLB?  Only Dr Watkins can answer that question…

What I do know is that The Jackie Robinson story is a GREAT positive story in Black History and I will fully support it.  I prefer to avoid supporting trash like “Basketball Wives’ and ‘Love and Hip-Hop’.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!