Without this man, America would be a far worse place. Not just baseball. Our entire way of life.
He opened doors that were closed to many Americans. If he faltered, if he lost his temper, if he did one thing “wrong”, it would’ve pushed integration back decades.
Yet he held firm, and today we’re all better for it.
This man is not just a number. He is a legend, and the fact that like anyone else, he was just a human being, should give everybody pause as to what they can accomplish with their lives.
“A life is unimportant, except in the impact it has on others’ lives.” – Jack Roosevelt Robinson.
“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.
America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers.
It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again.
But baseball has marked the time.
This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray.
It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again.
Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come”
-Terrence Mann – “Field of Dreams”
They say a picture says 1,000 words. I burnt the midnight oil doing this one, so for now, the picture will have to say most of what I wanted.
Don Newcombe once commented on Martin Luther King Jr. thanking him for what him, Campy and Jackie did in Brooklyn, saying they made the road that much easier for him to follow. What Jackie, Newk, Campy and Larry Doby did in the late 40’s didn’t just affect baseball, it affected the nation for decades to come.
Regardless of politics, today we enter a new era in this country, an era where our country is beginning to make good on MLK’s dream in a big way. May better times follow in the days to come.
I’ll try to update this more elequently by the end of the day. As for now, I’m beat.