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."