And so Brooklyn welcomes another pioneering athlete.
Today, it is Jason Collins, a member of the Brooklyn Nets and now the first openly gay player to compete in one of country’s four most popular sports leagues. Nearly 70 years ago, of course, it was Jackie Robinson who came to Brooklyn and made history with the simple but courageous act of putting on a Dodgers’ uniform.
The New York Daily News is taking a stand against the criminal(s) who defaced the Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island. Discovered Wednesday, the messages scrawled in black marker were: “Hile (sic) Hitler,” “Die N—-r” and “F–k Jackie Robinson and all N——s.”
Now NYDN is offering a large chunk of change for the perps of the racist graffiti.
My parents moved to Brooklyn in 1955 when I was almost two years old, and by the time I was four, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants had played their last home games in the five boroughs. Until Casey Stengel and the Mets arrived in 1962, the only baseball team in town was the Read More
Every 10 years, we find more reasons to remember Jackie Robinson. In 1987, Dodgers general manager Al Campanis told Ted Koppel on Nightline that even 40 years after Robinson broke the color barrier, blacks still “may not have some of the necessities” to become sports executives. He was forced to resign two days later. In Read More
ESPN celebrated Jackie Robinson day by having no blacks at the desk for Baseball Tonight. 0-4.
The oversight was especially glaring because minutes before the network had (re)aired its splendid documentary on the high school career of black basketball player Sebastian Telfair, Through the Fire . The documentary horrifies by showing how much Read More
Does it matter where the Yankees go? Surely one cause of the necrophilia of Brooklyn Dodgers fans-Jack Newfield springs to mind-is that the Dodgers were taken from them in the midst of a great decade, when they dominated the National League, wrested a World Series from the Yankees and (especially important in New York) basked Read More
Alfonse D’Amato is running his mouth about schoolteachers again. He’s been attacking the teachers and their “liberal” union for months now, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to air an early re-election commercial with that same theme, and even inserting himself into the city’s mayoral campaign for a day or two.
This approach seems to Read More