“Robinson was the target of racial epithets and flying cleats, of hate letters and death threats, of pitchers throwing at his head and legs, and catchers spitting on his shoes.” (Bill Nack, Sports Illustrated)
Tomorrow, the nation celebrates Jackie Robinson Day. 65 years ago, Robinson made his pro baseball debut.
When he encountered racism, he bit his tongue. He let his skills speak for him. Eventually, he earned everyone’s respect, and by doing so, changed American sports and society.
What’s most amazing is that baseball was Robinson’s fourth-best sport.
What a great opportunity to honor a great man.