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Monday, April 16, 2007

April 15

April 15 this year is the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League Baseball debut. Upon Ken Griffey Jr.'s suggestion, players of various MLB teams wore Robinson's retired number, 42. Robinson is, of course, the first to break the color barrier of the MLB. He was the first African-American Major League player of the modern era. Apparently, according to Encarta, there wasn't any baseball segregation yet in the 19th century It's nice to see that HBO seems to be joining in the celebrations. It's airing Soul of the Game right now, which, according to synopses, is about Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Jackie Robinson aiming to be the first modern-era African-American Major League player.

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