with author ROGER KAHN
April 24, 1997
in this forum:
How did integration change the Negro Leagues? How relevant is Branch Rickey to today's celebrations? Was Branch Rickey a civil rights activist before he hired Jackie Robinson? What will bring back baseball's popularity? Why does the color barrier still exist today? What was Jackie Robinson's reaction to Bobby Thompson's 1951 homerun?
The NewHour celebrates the legacy of Jackie Robinson.
Tiger Woods wins the Masters Golf Tournament.
David Gergen engages Roger Kahn.
Major League Baseball created a special Jackie Robinson section of their site entitled, "Jackie Robinson: Breaking Barriers."
The National Archives has a Web page documenting Jackie Robinson's behind-the-scenes work for civil rights.
The L.A. Dodgers, Robinson's old team, gathered together facts and videos of the former player.
Jackie Robinson Society
Rick Sigrist of Larue, OH asks:
Do you think that inter-league play is a gimmick or that it will be here to stay? What do you believe is needed for baseball to win back fan support ?
Roger Kahn responds:
Inter-league play is a gimmick, and it is here to stay. It can make for some attractive match-ups: Dodgers vs. Angels, Yankees vs. Mets, and even Cubs vs. White Sox. So let's see what happens.
I'll go back to basics which are that it is ideally a mass appeal game. It's not polo. I'd like to see more baseball in the afternoon and many more cheap seats at all the ball parks so that the children of America could again afford to go to ball games—and not have to sit up towards midnight watching them.