42: Thank God for Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey

Dear Friends of Padre Steve’s World, It is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson taking the field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 to break the race barrier in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately racism is still alive and well in the United States. It has been 67 years since Robinson took to the field to the mass hysteria and hatred of race baiters in this country and it is now 149 years since the end of the Civil War but racism is still very much alive and well in this country. Jackie Robinson and the owner of the Dodgers in 1947 Branch Rickey put their lives on the line then and unfortunately despite many advances the same may be required again. The battle that these two men entered into in 1947 is still not over. Thus tonight as I remember their legacy I recommit myself to the equality of all Americans. Thank God for Jackie Robinson and Branch RIckey. Peace, Padre Steve+

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“Your enemy will be out in force. But you cannot meet him on his own low ground.” Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) in the movie 42

“The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time.” Jackie Robinson

Tonight I went and saw the movie 42. I have been wanting to see it since before it came out. As anyone who knows me or reads my articles on this website knows I am not only a historian and theologian but maybe more importantly a student of the game of baseball and baseball history. I have written articles on the integration of baseball as well as Jackie Robinson. I have read many books and article about the subject and even still I was unprepared for what I saw tonight. As I watched the movie I found that I was often overcome with tears. That doesn’t happen…

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