News

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

A Philadelphia Phillies coach stands next to a sign honoring Jackie Robinson day prior to a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Cincinnati. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Al Behrman

RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Rev. Jesse Jackson is helping Major League Baseball mark the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, praising Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

Jackson traveled to baseball’s 1992 winter meetings to criticize its lack of minorities in management, and he pushed for change.

Selig retired Robinson’s No. 42 in 1997 on the 50th anniversary of the big league debut of the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman. Selig established a Diverse Business Partners program the following year and in 1999 started requiring clubs to consider at least one minority for each manager and major executive opening. MLB also sponsors 35 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.

Jackson says Tuesday that Jackie Robinson Day has become “a national holiday for all practical purposes.”

 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Headlines

in Lifestyle

Forget wings and queso, veggies are most popular big game food

veggietray

While the gladiators of the NFL are clashing in Phoenix, the titans of food will be fighting for supremacy at spreads across the country.

in Entertainment

Jeff Bridges hopes his new album puts fans to sleep

jeffbridges

"The Big Lebowski" star has released "Sleeping Tapes," a project full of spoken word pieces and meditation mantras.

in Sports

Friday’s Sports Minute

kentuckybball

A look at some of the big sports headlines making news today, Friday, Jan. 30.

in Music, Entertainment

Katy Perry promises lions, sharks, and some singing at Super Bowl halftime

katyperry

An unnamed "old school" female singer will show up as a surprise performer in addition to Perry and rocker Lenny Kravitz.

in Sports

Woods struggles in first PGA start of the season

tigerwoods

Watched by massive galleries more reminiscent of a major championship, Woods ended the day under pressure to make the cut.