Jackie Robinson's Legacy

Monday, April 16, 2012

For today's sports fans, it’s hard to imagine professional teams segregated by color. That changed 65 years ago when Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the son of Georgia sharecroppers, joined the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American in major league baseball. American sports have come a long way since 1947, but maybe not far enough. This season, just over eight percent of professional baseball players are black. That's less than half of what it was in 1959, when the last team was integrated. Are we living up to or failing Jackie Robinson's legacy? Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin joins Jonathan Eig, author of "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season" and editor-in-chief of ChicagoSide Sports, explains.


Ibrahim Abdul-Matin and Jonathan Eig

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum and Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]

The report as with so many others concerning professional baseball and Jackie Robinson did not emntion that prior to the early 1900s. there were dozens of pro players who were Black, then due to pressure by the KKK and other racist organizations and influential persons, the opwners had a "gentlemen's agreement" not to hire any more Black players not only due to racism, but alo becaue of their superiorm play

Apr. 16 2012 11:00 AM
Amy from Jersey Shore NJ

In this report I didn't hear any mention of the declining numbers of children playing Little League baseball, which gives many Major League players their start. My local League is trying hard to change to keep attracting players, but a lot of children in this area are migrating to soccer and lacrosse. While I appreciate the other factors that go into it, I wonder how much the attraction of other sports figures into this.

Apr. 16 2012 09:25 AM

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