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
Richard Williams of Marysville, CA asks:
I congratulate the feats of Mr Robinson and how he has helped to cross the color barrier in baseball.
However; I would like to know why such color barriers exist in todays society despite continued efforts of those championing against racism, are we as American's ignorant of equality and compasion for each other in the 90's?
Roger Kahn responds:
We are perhaps not as sensitive as we should be; we're a hell of a lot more sensitive than we were in 1945, when no black, no matter what his ability, was allowed to play in the major league. I think the issue now centers on blacks in executive positions: field managers and general managers. Here baseball has a way to go.