Freud: 71 years after breaking the color barrier, Jackie Robinson can teach us a lot (column)


Happy Jackie Robinson Day.

Seventy-one years ago, Robinson was in the lineup, batting second, on Opening Day in a 5-3 Brooklyn Dodgers’ win over the Boston Braves in front of 26,623 fans — not a sellout — at Ebbets Field. Robinson went 0-for-3, but scored a run.

And absolutely everything changed with that otherwise ordinary statistical line.

Baseball was The Sport of our country in 1947 — the NBA wasn’t even called the NBA then; the NFL (10 teams) would not really break into national consciousness until 1958, and the NHL was still in its Original Six form.

While we want sports to be a refuge from everyday life — and in the current climate, wish that baseball, football, basketball, whatever the sport, to be devoid of politics, Robinson’s mere presence in the lineup and in a Dodger uniform…

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