Listen To Vin Scully Tell A Famous Story About Jackie Robinson

If you've never heard the story about Jackie Robinson's teammate, Gene Hermanski, suggesting that all the Dodgers wear the number 42 so as to confuse anyone trying to assassinate Robinson, now's your chance to hear it as it was meant to be told: by Vin Scully. » 4/16/14 10:41am 4/16/14 10:41am

Here's A Picture Of Jackie Robinson And Vin Scully On Ice Skates

We brought you the story of Jackie Robinson's first time on ice skates, as told by Vin Scully, a while back but a Dodgers history account recently tweeted out a picture of the two on skates, posing as though they're about to race. » 12/21/13 11:20am 12/21/13 11:20am

Brooklyn Cyclones' Jackie Robinson Statue Defaced With Racist Graffiti

Overnight, someone spray painted the statute outside the Cyclones' Coney Island ballpark with swastikas and racist slurs, including the words "die nigger." » 8/07/13 3:12pm 8/07/13 3:12pm

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

Did Branch Rickey Sell Out Jackie Robinson?

Today Major League Baseball will do what it does best and celebrate its history. Today is Jackie Robinson Day and he will be rightfully honored in ballparks across the country. It is perhaps the quintessential baseball celebration: fond, sepia-toned remembrances that obscure reality. Some memories, however, are… » 4/15/12 1:21pm 4/15/12 1:21pm

Jackie Robinson Is Back From The Dead And Getting His Nails Done In…

That's according to video-paparazzi-whores Hollywood TV, which stalked Frank Robinson without really knowing who he is. (He's actually a completely different Hall of Fame black guy.) [Vin Scully Is My Homeboy] » 3/29/12 7:10pm 3/29/12 7:10pm

A Sampling From One Artist's Effort To Draw All 295 Members Of The…

Summer Anne Burton is drawing every member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in chronological order. She began the project in January, 2011, and she would be thrilled to draw your favorite baseball player for you. Here are some of her drawings. Click the images to expand. » 9/29/11 12:10pm 9/29/11 12:10pm

Area Man Shows Disdain For Team By Purchasing Team Merchandise

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 9/28/10 9:50am 9/28/10 9:50am

Jackie Robinson A Republican Hero, Say Republicans

One of the most asked questions we here at Deadspin get is "If Jackie Robinson were alive today, how would he vote?" Well, someone's offered an answer. » 10/13/09 11:30pm 10/13/09 11:30pm

Didn't Jackie Robinson Play Baseball?

"Topps announced on Wednesday that it would add sports pioneer Jackie Robinson to its forthcoming Magic football set... with stylings remniscent of its 1951 set of the same name." Who knew Magic wasn't that creepy witchcraft game? [Beckett Blog] » 6/06/09 2:15pm 6/06/09 2:15pm

Marlon Wayans And Jeff Kent Remember Jackie Robinson

You know, nothing says Honoring Jackie Robinson than making his wife pose for an incredibly awkward photo with Bud Selig. (As if there are any other kind with that guy.) Seriously, this guy is the commissioner of Major League Baseball, and every photo of him makes him look like Professor Frink. » 4/16/07 11:30am 4/16/07 11:30am

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

Hey, It's Jackie Robinson Day

Can't let the day pass without mentioning that it's Jackie Robinson Day around major league parks, as today marks the 59th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first game in the major leagues. Of course, on this day, African-American pitchers are entitled to intentionally hit one white batter per inning without… » 4/15/06 7:27pm 4/15/06 7:27pm