That Famous Jackie Robinson Photo With The Cute Kid? It Was Staged

The photo above, in which Jackie Robinson looks bemusedly at a young autograph-seeker just before stepping onto the field and breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, has long been one of the game's most iconic and enduring images. I mean, just look at how cute that kid is! There's only one problem with… » 4/15/13 11:20am 4/15/13 11:20am

If Only History Went Down This Smoothly. 42, Reviewed.

People go to inspirational sports movies not in spite of their predictability but because of it. Other than romantic comedies, there's no other genre so dependent on the fact that you know exactly how they're going to play out. It doesn't help that they're usually based on true stories. These movies–Remember the… » 4/11/13 6:05pm 4/11/13 6:05pm

The NFL Appears Totally Ready For An Openly Gay Player, So Long As You…

One of the most unintentionally hilarious sentences currently in print can be found on this SB Nation post by Robert Wheel, a.k.a. Bobby Big Wheel, called "What the NFL can do to support gay players." Beneath, a comma-spliced subhed reads: "The NFL is ready for a gay player, the problem is the rest of society." » 3/02/13 5:30pm 3/02/13 5:30pm

Vin Scully Raced Jackie Robinson On Ice Skates

For those of us living on the East Coast, there's no better teller of bedtime stories than Vin Scully. The embodiment of a man who has forgotten more about baseball than any of us will ever know, Scully weaves narratives from his 63 years with the Dodgers into his description of the events on-field with the deftness… » 5/08/12 11:00am 5/08/12 11:00am

Remembering What Jackie Robinson Meant, And Who He Was

As we prepare for Jackie Robinson Day in baseball on Sunday — the Cardinals, among other teams, are considering having every player wear No. 42, which gives us the unique opportunity of seeing David Eckstein and Brad Thompson pay tribute to Jackie — we thought we would provide our own tribute to a great man with a few… » 4/13/07 4:00pm 4/13/07 4:00pm

It's Possible Garret Anderson Might Be Missing The Point A Bit

Several prominent black baseball players — not that many to choose from anymore — have taken the opportunity to honor Jackie Robinson by wearing No. 42 on April 15, the 60th anniversary of Jackie's first day in the bigs. (It was initially Ken Griffey Jr.'s idea, though, sadly, coming up with it caused him to pull a… » 4/06/07 1:15pm 4/06/07 1:15pm