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In tomorrow's @nytimes, a 24-page special section on the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's birth. Designed with @waynekamidoi and @fredeeky pic.twitter.com/oCSwfySJFo

— andrea margaret (@zagatam) January 30, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 22:51 (four months ago) Permalink

nice

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 22:51 (four months ago) Permalink

damn, Thursday is not one of my days to buy the paper! gonna have to forage

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 22:52 (four months ago) Permalink

After his birth in Georgia 100 years ago today, Jackie Robinson moved with his family to Southern California where he lived until he began his career for the Dodgers. #JackieRobinson #JR100 pic.twitter.com/79hsobAg0E

— Amy Essington, PhD (@Prof_Essington) January 31, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:39 (four months ago) Permalink

http://www.milb.com/images/2006/12/19/DrpOPtut.jpg

JR with the montreal royals in 1946: 124 G, .349/.468/.462, 3 HR, 92 BB, 27 K, 40 SB, 15 CS, 113 R. team went 100-54 to win the international league

mookieproof, Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:53 (four months ago) Permalink

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/01/30/sports/30Robinson-ast74/merlin_149712792_48ddb9c4-67de-44ee-8d42-f78d503979d5-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp

Robinson walks outside Ebbets Field, the day after he broke the color barrier and became the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues. April 16, 1947.

omar little, Thursday, 31 January 2019 16:53 (four months ago) Permalink

this section in Empire Strikes Out (Elias, 2012) on Jackie Robinson being used by cold warriors as a counter to Paul Robseon then later regretting it is interesting to me--the last paragraph, especially. The amount of pressure he was under to be The Good Black Man was incredible. pic.twitter.com/mDzod5GmJt

— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) January 31, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:25 (four months ago) Permalink

Happy 100th Birthday Jackie! #JR100 pic.twitter.com/CBXC8ZmY4j

— Dick Allen (@DickAllen_15) January 31, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:42 (four months ago) Permalink

I mentioned this in one of the Dock Ellis threads: in the DE documentary there's audio of Ellis reading an encouraging letter Robinson wrote to him at the height of Dock's notoriety, around 1971, and Ellis just bursts out in sobs. It's tremendously moving, and a hint of how much he meant to black players who were kids in the '40s and '50s.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 19:46 (four months ago) Permalink

I imagine someone's done this (post a link if you know of anything): what might his career stats have been if he'd debuted at 20 or 21 instead of 28? I'd estimate 250 HR, 2,700 hits, 350 SB (when that would have been a huge total), 80 or 85 WAR.

clemenza, Thursday, 31 January 2019 20:48 (four months ago) Permalink

other baseball greats born on january 31:
ernie banks (1931)
nolan ryan (1947)
yuniesky betancourt (1982)

mookieproof, Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:12 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I wanted to show my class 42, but a quick check of IMBD and, as expected, lots of language. So I showed them The Jackie Robinson Story instead, which had been sitting on my shelf unwatched for many years.

"N______" turns up once, much to my surprise. (I stopped the film and we talked for a minute.) Other than that, the story is watered down in the way you'd expect (but which is good for kids...or at least good for teachers if you're answerable to a principal and parents). Robinson is okay playing himself. That sounds bizarre, but that's about all you can say; he's okay. I've never heard Branch Rickey talk, but the guy who plays him doesn't look remotely like Rickey, nor does he come across in the way that I always envisioned Rickey to be. Subjective impression--I could be totally wrong. I didn't expect the bulk of the film (we've still got six minutes to go) would be pre-Dodgers.

The thing that's hardest to adjust to--I asked the class if they picked up on this; amazingly, no one seemed to--is how unbelievably slow and stilted the film is. (Typically, they were more concerned about the fact that it's black and white.) It's pretty much on a level with Ed Wood in the pacing department. It eschews corny Hollywood theatrics for big dead empty spaces.

clemenza, Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:39 (three months ago) Permalink


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