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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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nice

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


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