Sunday, April 15, 2007

Here's To You, Mr. Robinson

It took until the sixth inning of ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball game, almost eleven o'clock on Jackie Robinson Day in major league baseball, but finally - FINALLY - someone made note of the fact that Larry Doby deserves recognition for being the second African-American to cross the color line.

Who was this oh-so-wise voice of reason? Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, a great player who was also the first African-American manager in the major leagues.

I'll grant that Doby wasn't quite at the same level as Jack Robinson - it still takes a lot of strength to be second, of course, but Doby probably wouldn't have had a major league career if not for Jack - but if this is at heart a celebration of baseball's integration, then blatant ignorance of Doby's contributions should not be allowed.