The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game on Wednesday, and for the first time it was played on MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day. But Jackie wasn’t the only Robinson being honored this year. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson received a special award commemorating the 40th anniversary of his becoming the first African American manager in MLB history.
Kid Reporter Max Ferregur had a chance to speak with Frank Robinson before the Civil Rights Game. Robinson talked about his memories of Jackie Robinson, what civil rights means to him, and the work baseball still needs to do when it comes to African American managers. (Currently, there is only one: Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon.) Watch his interview below.
The Los Angeles Dodgers hold a special place in the history of both baseball and the civil rights movement. That’s all thanks to one man whose courage, wisdom, and determination proved that the battle for equal rights could be won.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American to break baseball’s color barrier. Robinson was a great player — he earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1947 and in 1949 was named NL MVP when he led the league in hitting with a .342 average, had 37 steals, and a career-high 124 RBIs — but he became an American hero. He was strong enough to battle against hatred by putting up a fight without fighting back. He battled with his bat, glove, and base running skills.
Since 2004, Major League Baseball has honored Robinson and his importance to the game — and America — by celebrating Jackie Robinson Day every April 15. But yesterday’s Jackie Robinson game in LA was something special. It was also MLB’s annual Civil Rights Game, which not only celebrated Robinson but the contributions of African Americans to the game of baseball.
Once upon a time, sluggers ruled baseball. Powerful hitters dazzled fans with 500-foot home runs that turned ballparks into bandboxes, filled box scores with eye-popping stats, and terrorized pitchers.
But the days of hitting and offense dominating the game are gone. Pitchers rule now. Major League Baseball's great gunslingers, with their 100-mph fastballs, video game curveballs, and Bugs Bunny changeups, have become the showstoppers. Last season was filled with highlights from the mound: from Josh Beckett's no-hitter in May — the first of five 2014 no-nos (five!) — to Clayton Kershaw's year for the ages to the superhuman feats of Madison Bumgarner, who in October single-handedly carried the Giants to their third World Series title in five seasons with a masterful performance.
It’s been a long, cold season for hockey fans, but the wait is over: the NHL playoffs are finally here. Will the Chicago Blackhawks be able to mimic the Los Angeles Kings and capture the cup for the second time in three years? Or will an unlikely underdog emerge? While it is still too early to know for sure, the first-round action is critical for teams with any hopes of hoisting the Stanley Cup in just a few months. And it all begins tonight.
These are our predictions of the teams who will escape the first round unscathed:
Jets over Ducks in 7: The Jets have quietly been a very good team this year. A shaky goaltending situation will allow them to pull off the first round's biggest upset.
When your team name is a color, it’s hard to get too creative with what players wear on the field. Which is why the Cleveland Browns have had, basically, the same jersey for decades: Orange helmet, brown home uniforms, white pants. But going into 2015, the Browns have tried to mix things up.
Yesterday, Cleveland unveiled a new set of jerseys — home, away, and a third — that the team will wear this season. The unis are an updated version of the NFL Nike Elite 51 that “respects the past and embraces the future by paying tribute to the city and the fans,” according to Nike. “The uniform incorporates a modern, 21st century Cleveland-centric design inspired by the Dawg Pound, a group that consists of some of the team’s most enthusiastic fans, and influenced by the evolution of the city itself.”
Eric Fehr believes that you should treat others how you would want to be treated – away from the ice, that is.
Fehr loves to frustrate other NHL teams’ top lines as the new checking center for the Washington Capitals. But in his free time, the Canadian teamed up with author Pamela Duncan Edwards to write a children’s book that combats bullying.
In The Bulliest Dozer, Bo Dozer becomes the “mean machine” at Ms. Crane’s Academy for Little Machines when he is unable to ice skate for a holiday concert on ice. He quickly learns, though, that bullying is something he shouldn’t do. Bo and his machine friends – like Lofty Forklift and Whippy Weedwacker – learn how bullying makes others feel and the importance of friendship.
Fehr recently spoke to SI Kids about the writing process, his favorite parts of being an author, and how his own tight-knit team plans to handle the coming NHL playoffs.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jordan Spieth got more than redemption and a green jacket Sunday. He took his place among the best in the game with a Masters victory for the ages.
One year after Spieth lost a bid to become the youngest Masters champion, the 21-year-old Texan turned in one of the most dominant wins ever at Augusta National. He never let anyone get closer to him than three shots after his record start. He never gave anyone much hope on Sunday.
Spieth closed with a 2-under 70, missing a 5-foot par putt on the final hole that would have set yet another record. Instead, he tied the score set by Tiger Woods in 1997 at 18-under 270.
"This was the ultimate goal in my golf life," Spieth said.