April 22, 2016
ISSUE | BASEBALL Robinson not the only black trailblazer Once again, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Friday ("Howard, Baker pay tribute to No. 42, Jackie Robinson," Saturday). We are aware of Robinson's tribulations as he fought courageously to become the first black player in the major leagues. But how many people remember another black baseball player, Curt Flood? It was Flood who tested baseball's reserve clause in 1970 when he refused to play for the Phillies, who had obtained him in a trade with the Cardinals.
April 16, 2015 |
IN OCTOBER, hockey great Gordie Howe was so debilitated by a stroke he wanted to die. "He was saying, 'Take me out back and shoot me,' " son Murray Howe told the Associated Press. "He was serious. It wasn't like a joke. I said, 'Dad, let's just see if we can help you first.' " Howe was 86 when he suffered the stroke, which caused slurred speech and loss of use of his right arm and leg. Murray, a diagnostic radiologist, and Howe's other three children, took the Hall of Famer to Mexico where he was injected with donor stem-cells.
April 16, 2013 |
Say what you will about pipsqueak pop star Justin Bieber , but the kid is expanding his horizons. While in Amsterdam this weekend, he stopped by the Anne Frank House museum. It's the actual house in which Frank wrote her famous Diary while the adolescent and her family hid in the cramped attic to escape Nazi persecution during World War II. As a certified pop idol, Bieber knows a thing or two about teenage girls. "Truly inspiring to be able to come here," he wrote in the museum's guest book.
April 16, 2013 |
It's a good time to reflect on what's great about sports and athletics - how we are lifted up and reminded of the better part of our nature. So runners can challenge themselves to run 26.2 miles and we gather to cheer their acomplishment - and no murderous act, for whatever addled motive, can do anything other than redouble our appreciation and strengthen the resolve to strive for our best. So a baseball player can change his society by playing the game at the highest athletic standard, while gracefully dealing with racist vitriol and disparagement.
April 22, 2010 |
LAST Thursday was a storybook day for baseball at Citizens Bank Park. The sun was shining and the temperature hit 75 as the Phillies prepared to host the Nationals in the late afternoon. During the pregame festivities, our National League champs received their commemorative rings. And when it came time for the national anthem, several Tuskegee Airmen stood at home plate and saluted. It was also Jackie Robinson Day, which explained the presence of several wheelchair-using members of the Philadelphia Stars, the old Negro League team.
April 24, 2007 |
Sixty years and eight days after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Phillies got their chance to honor not only a pioneer but also an era. The team was rained out in its first attempt to celebrate the Brooklyn Dodgers great on Jackie Robinson Day on April 15. The Phillies conducted a pregame ceremony last night with the four surviving members of the Philadelphia Stars, whose players preceded Robinson in the Negro leagues....
April 15, 2007 |
Today is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball. To honor the famed Brooklyn Dodgers infielder's breaking of baseball's color barrier 60 years ago today, the Phillies and visiting Houston Astros will salute Robinson most vividly at Citizens Bank Park. All uniformed personnel will wear jerseys with 42, Robinson's number, which was retired throughout the game 10 years ago. The Phillies will mark the anniversary in other ways before the 1:35 p.m. game. They include: A salute to Bill Cash, Mahlon Duckett, Stanley Glenn and Harold Gould, the four living members of the Philadelphia Stars, the Negro league team that played here from 1934 to 1950 and won the 1934 Negro National League pennant.
April 14, 2007 |
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Florida Marlins lefthander Dontrelle Willis have a great appreciation for Jackie Robinson. Like countless other major leaguers, the two Oakland, Calif., products will proudly wear Robinson's No. 42 tomorrow as part of baseball's nationwide Jackie Robinson Day salute. Rollins and Willis share more than admiration of the man who broke the sport's color barrier 60 years ago tomorrow. The two Encinal High School grads also feel a responsibility to help increase the flow of black players like themselves into the game, as each explained in separate interviews recently: Question: What would you tell an African American kid who asks: Why should I play baseball?
April 14, 2007 |
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Florida Marlins lefthander Dontrelle Willis have a great appreciation for Jackie Robinson. Like countless other major leaguers, the two Oakland, Calif., products will proudly wear Robinson's No. 42 tomorrow as part of baseball's nationwide Jackie Robinson Day salute. Rollins and Willis share more than admiration of the man who broke the sport's color barrier 60 years ago tomorrow. The two Encinal High School grads also feel a responsibility to help increase the flow of black players like themselves into the game, as each explained in separate interviews recently: Read other stories in this series, view historical photos and listen to audio slide shows at http://go.
July 13, 2004 |
Jimmy Rollins and Desi Relaford have much in common. They are both major-league baseball players. They are both African American. They both heard the same question as they played the sport they loved during their formative years. "What are you doing playing a white man's game?" "I heard it all the time," said Rollins, the Phillies shortstop who grew up in Alameda, Calif., near Oakland. "Guys would ask me that in high school," said Relaford, a Jacksonville, Fla., native and former Phillie who is now a Kansas City Royal.