It's Jackie Robinson Day, America. And it's Jackie Robinson day across America.
The third Monday in January of every year we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. And on April 15 we remember the day Jackie Robinson became the first "Negro" player in Major League Baseball.
"Opening Day," says Harrison Ford's Branch Rickey in the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, "is all future. The past is wiped away. It's a clean slate." It's a nice little platitude to mutter in the locker room, but both on the baseball field and in the real world, it's the kind of starry-eyed naive optimis ... More >>