Every baseball player, coach , manager, and umpire, will be wearing number 42. In honor of Jackie Robinson. Jackie was the most important player in MLB. Do’nt get me wrong there were players with better stats and longer careers, but without Jackie’s success and demeanor,player’s and people of all races would not be where they are. Without Jackie, the Civil Rights Movement may have been delayed .Without Jackie, and the Movement , do the disabled get protection of their rights? As a disabled man I doubt it. Without Jackie do we even have the discuussion on things like immagration and same-sex marriage , Again without Jackie making people think about their prejuduges back then ,I do’nt think so.
Baseball a few years ago on this day had a slogan “I am 42” While most of us belive in equality. I do’nt know any who could have taken the abuse Jackie took without lashing out, but Jack and Dodger boss Branch Rickey understood that in 1940’s America, Jack would have cost African- American the chance to play if he had lashed out. So i am and i could never be 42.