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Has baseball betrayed Jackie Robinson?
Sun, April 15, 2007

As Major League Baseball prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's landmark achievement Sunday, there are growing concerns about the sport's racial makeup.

Only 8.4 per cent of big league players last season were black -- the lowest number in at least two decades. In 1995, 19 per cent of major leaguers were black, according to Richard Lapchick, director of the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports.

"Obviously, he would not be satisfied with where we are now," Rachel Robinson said, referring to the man she still calls Jack. "He would be disappointed, because he felt we were on the way toward some lasting change."



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Did anyone know that out of the entire population of the United States, only 12.06% are black? (2000 Census).

69.13% are white and 12.55% are Hispanics (200o Census).

So, in 1995 there was a disproportionate number of black baseball players in the major leagues (19%).

Did Rachel Robinson say anything about that back then?
Gordon, 2007-05-04 13:44:14

Getting really tired of hearing about percentages of black or any other "race" not be represented in baseball or any other sport for that matter, in this day and age if you are good enough no matter who or what you are you will make it. Basketball and football prove that for god's sake, STOP over analizing or blaming people. Just deal with it, get better, how come there aren't more whote basketball players and football players? simple they don't cut it?. Why can't we all just get off the race talk, and get on with the "players" being who they are not what they are sheesh..it's is very tiring!!!
scott lyles, 2007-04-15 16:57:42

Why are we in CAnada trying to make this Jackie Robinson day, which is for America and Americans, into some kind of a great Canadian event?

Like, whats it got to do with us, and why do some up here actually thinks this event has anything to do with Canadian history? Jackie Robinson did alot for America, but why should we in Canada care?
Mike Berezin, 2007-04-15 13:42:13

It's all about race, always has been, probably always will be...so long as we continue to insist! If a minority movement laments that the proportion of MLB black players has dwindled in the past 10 years, just imagine how a quiet majority anguishes over white player ratios in the NFL/CFL over a period twice that! But would most want to return to those times - - not likely...
Mel Auten, 2007-04-15 12:27:25

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