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Jackie Robinson Tribute

Jackie Robinson Tribute

On Jackie Robinson Day the Dodgers did him proud by beating the Diamondbacks 8-4. Andrew

Wood got the win in relief of Kenta Maeda who labored thru 4 innings giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. Wood would

throw 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball and Kenley Jansen got the save. The Dodgers offense was on fire getting 11 hits

on the night, including homeruns by Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig. Puig and Forsythe also contributed three hits

each.

This day in baseball history was Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947, making him the first black player to play

in the major leagues in the 20 th Century. His natural position was 2 nd base but he broke in as a 1 st baseman, this

added to the immense pressure he must have felt to perform. He faced death threats, harassment and racism not

only from the south but the northern states as well. He was an inspiration not only to players of color but to all

players of every color. Jackie led the way for a whole group players who had not been given a chance only because

the color of their skin, such as Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron. Since the movie 42 came out a

whole new generation of ball players and fans learned about him and a little of what he went through. My son

being one of them wore number 42 proudly and did their best to imitate him. I am very grateful for his class and

courage as he made baseball truly the American pastime for all Americans.

CBS Sports Baseball scout Jason Rutherford