Jackie Robinson breaks barriers on Web
July 10, 1997
Web posted at: 5:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT)
From CNN Interactive Writer Wayne Drash
"If there is an
unfilled obligation in the case of
baseball vs. Jackie Robinson, the debt
belongs to baseball, which can never
pay off in full." -- Harold Weissman, sports writer
(CNN) -- He moved around the basepads as graceful as a bank
of fog. He stole home 19 times. But so too when Jackie
Robinson rounded the bases, he endured jarring, racist taunts
from fans and ballplayers alike. Brooklyn Dodgers teammate
Dixie Walker refused to look at cameras in team pictures, a
show of protest for playing alongside the first black player
in Major League history.
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is
that you respect me as a human being.
Robinson pressed on and forever changed sports and America's
notions about race. And with the 50th anniversary of
integrated Major League baseball upon us, the World Wide Web
provides a storm of Robinson tributes, facts, articles and
Was Robinson out or safe when he slid home during the 1955
World Series? What became of Robinson after his baseball
career? What ever happened to the neighborhood around Ebbets
Field, the Dodgers' old home in Brooklyn?
The answers are all just a click away.
Los Angeles Dodgers have created a special page dedicated to No. 42.
The site is expansive, informative and easy to navigate. It
includes rare Robinson video clips, stats, articles, a
timeline biography, among other items. The video footage is
well worth the trip.
Find a host of information about the Dodgers star at The
Jackie Robinson Society, a non-profit student organization at
the University of Texas. The site offers
an image gallery, special interviews with sports figures, a
calendar of events, and much more. Of particular interest:
the page links to an article that revisits an
Ebbets Field neighborhood in decline.
Peruse detailed Robinson stats, such as his batting average
per team he faced and his
attempts stealing home on the
Brooklyn Dodgers page.
Though the site is widely commercial, it contains useful
and interesting background information on Robinson.
A site called This Was Negro League Baseball provides
information about Robinson and other stars of the black
league, as well as invaluable league history data and
photographs. Did you know Robinson and Negro League legend
Satchel Paige played on the same team in Kansas City in 1945?
One of the most detailed biographies on the Web about
Robinson comes from Afro-Americ@.
Stealing Home, a site designed
by Vince Vaughan to pay "tribute to maybe the greatest person
whoever put on a baseball uniform," points users to articles
about the 50th anniversary and provides links to other sites.
Try your hand at Robinson trivia by taking Vaughan's
Lastly, be sure to visit Major League Baseball's special
tribute to Robinson, a graphically pleasing and informative
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