Josh Donaldson apologizes to Jackie Robinson's family
White Sox Yankees Baseball New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) makes a swinging strike on a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against Chicago White Sox, Saturday May 21, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK — (AP) — Josh Donaldson has apologized to the wife and family of Jackie Robinson for referencing the pioneering Black baseball player in remarks that led to a confrontation with Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson. “I would also like to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson family for any distress this incident may have caused. Donaldson said after Saturday's game that he twice called Anderson by “Jackie." Anderson said after a brief conversation in 2019 in which Donaldson called him “Jackie,” he told Donaldson: “We don’t have to talk again.wftv.com
Anderson's HR hushes Yankees, lifts Chisox to twinbill sweep
“What a day,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. AJ Pollock hit a tiebreaking homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning as the White Sox won 3-1. After the game, Anderson declined all interview requests. Donaldson acknowledged Saturday he called Anderson "Jackie” — a reference to the pioneering baseball icon that elicited criticism from both managers. UP NEXTWhite Sox: After an off-day Monday, RHP Dylan Cease (4-1, 3.09 ERA) is slated to start against the Boston Red Sox as the White Sox begin a five-game homestand.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: MLB investigates Anderson-Donaldson incident
Yankees White Sox Baseball Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson runs to first base after hitting a single during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Chicago, Saturday, May 14, 2022. Donaldson is white and said he did use Robinson’s name but didn’t mean for it to be disrespectful. The White Sox and Yankees are scheduled to see each other for the last time in the regular season with a doubleheader. SAN STORMManny Machado and the surging San Diego Padres go for a three-game sweep at NL West rival San Francisco. Giants left-hander Alex Wood (3-2, 3.93) is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 17 appearances, including 11 starts, against San Diego.wftv.com
Anderson says Donaldson made racist remark, MLB investigates
(AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) (Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK — (AP) — Chicago White Sox star shortstop Tim Anderson accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson of making a racist remark by calling him Jackie Robinson during Saturday's game against New York. Anderson said Donaldson made a “Jackie” in the first couple of innings: “I spared him that time, and then it happened again." In the fifth, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal stood up from his crouch and confronted Donaldson as he approached the plate. Anderson also continued to shout at Donaldson while being restrained by White Sox slugger José Abreu and infielder Gavin Sheets. Yankees: RHP Chad Green (strained right elbow) was placed on the injured list and could be headed towards surgery.wftv.com
Jackie Robinson’s All-Star Game bat sells for $1.08 million
Jackie Robinson: What you need to know (NCD)The bat Jackie Robinson used in the 1949 All-Star Game sold Sunday for $1.08 million. That bat sold for $1.265 million, ESPN reported. This year marked the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking MLB’s color barrier in 1947. >>Related: Jackie Robinson broke modern MLB color barrier 75 years agoThe auction also had a 1951 game-worn home jersey worn by Jackie Robinson. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 15 Through the years Jackie Robinson, in military uniform, becomes the first African American to sign with a white professional baseball team.wftv.com
Majors celebrate 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut
Today MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, in honor of Robinson, who was the first African American to play in the major leagues. 42, as they have since 2009 on April 15 — now known as Jackie Robinson Day. We have a better world because of Jackie Robinson, but we still have a lot of work to do.”Before their home opener at Citi Field, the Mets unveiled a long-awaited statue of Tom Seaver a few steps from the ornate Jackie Robinson Rotunda that serves as the ballpark’s main entrance. Canó and teammate Francisco Lindor, who went deep from both sides of the plate, wore special cleats for Jackie Robinson Day. “You do something special on that day.”The first 25,000 fans received a Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson T-shirt, and Jackie Robinson Foundation scholars went down the handshake line with Mets players on the field during pregame introductions.wftv.com
A look at Jackie Robinson’s historic Daytona Beach game that hit color barrier out of the park
On April 15, 1947, at 28 years old, Jackie Robinson put on his first Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and stepped on to the diamond. He became the first Black player in modern baseball history and broke the major league baseball “color line.”
Jackie Robinson broke modern MLB color barrier 75 years ago
Jackie Robinson Day Baseball This image provided by Major League Baseball shows the new logo of Jackie Robinson's No. 42 in Dodger blue that will celebrate the 75th anniversary of his breaking the major league color barrier. What seemed like a casual act was actually a groundbreaking moment in Major League Baseball. >> Read more trending newsOn April 15, 1947, Robinson broke MLB’s modern-day color barrier as the Dodgers hosted the Boston Braves. The 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier is upon us.wftv.com
LEADING OFF: MLB celebrates Robinson 75 years after debut
Jackie Robinson A jersey of Jackie Robinson is displayed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, commemorating the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's integration of Major League Baseball, Thursday, April 7, 2022. Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball breaking the baseball color barrier on April 15, 1947, when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (Manuel Balce Ceneta)A look at what's happening around baseball Friday:___JACKIE ROBINSON DAYPlayers across the majors will don Jackie Robinson's No. 42 — and all of them in Dodger blue this year — for the 75th anniversary of Robinson's big league debut. Guardians right-hander Zach Plesac (0-0, 0.00) will then face Giants lefty Carlos Rodón (0-0, 1.80).wftv.com
Koufax to join Jackie Robinson with statue at Dodger Stadium
On Monday, March 14, 2022, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Koufax is joining fellow Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson with a bronze statue of his own at Dodger Stadium, with an unveiling planned for June 18, 2022, before the team hosts Cleveland. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) (Danny Moloshok)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Sandy Koufax is set to join fellow Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson with a bronze statue at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Monday the unveiling will be June 18 before the team hosts Cleveland. Koufax’s statue will be sculpted by Branly Cadet, who also created the Robinson statue, which was unveiled in April 2017. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.wftv.com
Jackie Robinson 1947 debut ticket stub sells for record $480K
DALLAS — Jackie Robinson broke down barriers as a major league baseball player. A ticket stub from his first game 75 years ago smashed a memorabilia record Sunday morning. The ticket, sold for opening day at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, was the highest-graded of all of the first-game stubs known to exist, the website reported. Robinson went 0-for-3 in his debut but walked and scored a run in the Dodgers’ 5-3 victory. It was Walker’s only year in the majors, and no Black player had been on a major-league roster again until Robinson debuted in 1947.wftv.com
Road to major league baseball’s integration runs through Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — If you’ve ever taken a trip to the “World’s Most Famous Beach” you probably have driven past a piece of major league baseball history and not realized it. Situated near the corner of South Beach Street and Orange Avenue on Daytona’s City Island is the home of the Jackie Robinson Ballpark. READ: ‘Icons before their time’: Meet civil rights pioneers Harry & Harriette MooreOriginally named The Daytona City Island Ballpark, the stadium opened on June 4, 1914. Jackie Robinson Ballpark (Jackie Robinson Ballpark)Scattered throughout the park are several plaques detailing the ballpark’s past and place in history. Jackie Robinson Ballpark (Jackie Robinson Ballpark)The ballpark is currently home to the Daytona Cubs and Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats baseball teams.wftv.com
Jackie Robinson’s path to integrating baseball ran through Sanford, Daytona Beach
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Before becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson made history with the minor league system in Central Florida. Daytona Beach is home to the Class A Cincinnati Reds affiliate Tortugas baseball team, and Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Jackie Robinson with Branch Rickey Jackie Robinson with Branch RickeyAt the time, Plessy v. Ferguson segregation laws controlled the south. There was no federal ruling that allowed Jackie Robinson to play here.”George Bates, now 86, was a 12-year-old batboy witnessing it all as Jackie Robinson took the field. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." #StandWithTheJack1/4 pic.twitter.com/ocu79G09hZ — Daytona Tortugas (@daytonatortugas) February 22, 2021Schumann says it had a cultural impact for people to see Jackie Robinson play baseball in Daytona Beach.wftv.com
Vandalized plaque honoring Jackie Robinson to be displayed
Vandalized Jackie Robinson Plaque FILE - Jackie Robinson, infielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, swings his bat in this action pose at Ebbett's Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 9, 1951. A plaque honoring baseball legend Jackie Robinson that was vandalized in Georgia is coming to Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to be put on display. The sign was erected in 2001 outside the birthplace of Robinson near Cairo, Georgia. — (AP) — A plaque honoring baseball legend Jackie Robinson that was vandalized in Georgia is coming to Kansas City’s Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to be put on display. The plaque is expected to be permanently loaned to the Kansas City museum for regular display.wftv.com
Fox News edit of Biden comment removes racial context
NEW YORK — (AP) — Fox News Channel edited video of President Joe Biden on Friday to remove context from remarks that some could judge as racially insensitive. In Veterans Day comments made Thursday, Biden told an anecdote that referenced baseball player Satchel Paige, who had pitched in the Negro Leagues before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. On “Fox & Friends,” Rachel Campos Duffy said Biden was “facing backlash” for comments at Arlington National Cemetery. In this case, the edit is not at all clear, he said. A Fox spokesperson noted that the full remark was used when the story was repeated two other times on “Fox & Friends,” and said the one-time edit was made because of time constraints.wftv.com
MacArthur aims to help people with disabilities find work
Although philanthropy has taken steps to increase the flow of grant dollars to people with disabilities in recent years, disability advocates say the broad push among foundations to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work has largely left people with disabilities out, both in terms of grants and representation on foundation boards and staff.
LEADING OFF: Jackie Robinson Day, Red Sox go for 10th in row
All players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear No. 42 on Thursday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, marking the anniversary of the date the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Famer made his Major League Baseball debut and broke the sport’s color barrier in 1947.
Curry, WNBA players receive Jackie Robinson award from NAACP
The NAACP has given him its Jackie Robinson Sports Award. And, for the first time, the nation's oldest civil rights organization is recognizing more than one person by honoring the WNBA Players Association. Ad“I am so proud of the WNBA players for this well-deserved recognition of their continued activism and advocacy for social justice and equality," WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement provided to the AP. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, outspoken on many issues himself, admires the WNBA players for their activism. “I love what the WNBA players have done.
Major League Baseball to hold first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2
FILE - New York Yankees' Lou Gehrig poses at a spring training game in St. Petersburg, Fla., in this March 16, 1935, file photo. Major League Baseball will hold its first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, 2021, adding Gehrig to Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente on the short list of players honored throughout the big leagues. (AP Photo/Tom Sande, File)NEW YORK – Major League Baseball will hold its first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, adding Gehrig to Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente on the short list of players honored throughout the big leagues. 4, and all players, managers and coaches will wear a Lou Gehrig Day patch on uniforms and may use red “4-ALS” wristbands. Teams that are off on June 2 will observe Lou Gehrig Day on June 3.
Bruins postpone O'Ree honors until '22 so fans can be there
FILE - Former Boston Bruins' Willie O'Ree tips his hat as he is honored prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston, in this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, file photo. The Boston Bruins say they will retire the jersey of Willie ORee, who broke the NHLs color barrier. 22 jersey honored prior to the Bruins Feb. 18 game against the New Jersey Devils. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON – The Boston Bruins will wait to retire the number of pioneering Black hockey player Willie O’Ree until next year so that they can raise his No. The NHL said Thursday it asked the Bruins and O’Ree to postpone the ceremony until Jan. 18 -- 64 years to the day that he became the league’s first Black player.
MLB season slated to start with Yankees-Jays, Tigers-Indians
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)NEW YORK – The major league season is scheduled to start April 1 with the New York Yankees hosting Toronto and Detroit hosting Cleveland, part of an opening-day schedule of 15 games. The schedule envisions every team playing its first game on the same day for the first time since 1968. AdThe regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3, with all games scheduled to start close to simultaneously shortly after 3 p.m. EDT. The Yankees host Boston in the only game scheduled for July 15, the final day of the All-Star break for most teams. Players rejected a proposal by teams to delay opening day to April 28 and cut each team's schedule from 162 games to 154.
Black Heritage Trail in Daytona Beach highlights city’s historical sites
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s home to “The World’s Most Famous Beach” and the Daytona International Speedway, but the city of Daytona Beach also has a history full of African American roots. The Black Heritage Trail features 18 locations highlighting important sites around the city. Spots include more well-known areas like the Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Bethune-Cookman University, but also parks and buildings named after residents. AdFILE - This is an April 18, 1948, portrait of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Jackie Robinson. The trail and the information provided about the locations are thanks to Yvonne Scarlett-Golden, the city’s first African American mayor and a native of Daytona Beach.
PBS chief defends filmmaker Ken Burns, touts diversity
FILE - Ken Burns, director of the PBS documentary series "Country Music," takes part in a panel discussion during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on July 29, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Speaking Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, to the Television Critics Association in a virtual Q&A, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger rejected a filmmakers claim that public TVs long relationship with Burns has come at the expense of diversity. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – The chief executive of PBS rejected a filmmaker’s argument that public TV's 40-year relationship with documentarian Ken Burns has come at the expense of diversity. “We create lots of opportunities for many filmmakers,” Kerger said. "The stuff that’s coming up is incredibly diverse in every sense of the meaning of that word,” Burns said.
Aaron lauded for grace amid racism during home run pursuit
Joe Carter met his childhood idol when he won the first Hank Aaron Award in 1986 after leading the majors in RBIs. Hank Aaron. Aaron broke Ruth's record with his 715th home run for the Atlanta Braves in 1974 in former President Jimmy Carter's native Georgia. “He grew up poor and faced racism as he worked to become one of the greatest baseball players of all time. It’s going to be at the Hall of Fame, it was Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, and Frank Robinson.
Indians manager Francona says team's name change "correct"
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona talks before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Cleveland. Francona, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, praised the Cleveland Indians for trying to do the right thing with a name change that was inevitable, and necessary (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)CLEVELAND – Manager Terry Francona praised the Cleveland Indians for trying to “do the right thing” with a name change that was inevitable — and necessary. “I am proud of the fact that we are going to do something that is correct,” Francona said on a Zoom call from his home in Arizona. He's confident Chris Antonetti, the team's president of baseball operations, and general manager Mike Chernoff will do whatever's necessary to keep the Indians competitive. Schilling pitched for Francona in Philadelphia and Boston, where he helped the Red Sox end their long World Series drought.
MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league
Major League Baseball has reclassified the Negro Leagues as a major league and will count the statistics and records of its 3,400 players as part of its history. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league record, too. The statistics and records of greats like Gibson, Paige and roughly 3,400 other players are set to join Major League Baseball's books after MLB announced Wednesday it is reclassifying the Negro Leagues as a major league. “We couldn’t be more thrilled by this recognition of the significance of the Negro Leagues in Major League Baseball history,” said Edward Schauder, legal representative for Gibson’s estate and co-founder of the Negro Leagues Players Association. “Granting MLB status to the Negro Leagues a century after their founding is profoundly gratifying.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Pro baseball in Daytona turns 100 | MARK LANE
The first Florida State League game on City Island was played 100 years ago. Neither the Florida State League nor the Minor League Baseball organization has set a 2020 season start date. Online reports that the whole minor league season would be canceled have been denied by Minor League Baseball but without further details. Major League Baseball has proposed dramatically shrinking the number of minor league teams. Minor league baseball did not resume in Florida until 1936.news-journalonline.com
Daytona Tortugas Respond to Major League Baseballs Plan to Eliminate The Team
The following joint statement was issued by the owners and staff of the Daytona Tortugas minor league team in Daytona Beach. We are shocked and disappointed to learn that Daytona is one of 42 cities on Major League Baseballs contraction list as part of the 2021 proposal. Contraction is Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfreds euphemism for a city that has apparently outlived its usefulness to our national pastime. Minor League Baseball has been played in Daytona Beach for 100 years. Jackie Robinson, if he were alive today, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year.flaglerlive.com