I never needed a Jackie Robinson movie to show my love and appreciation for Jackie Robinson because he and my father are the reasons why I am a huge baseball fan. I watched the movie “42” because it’s something I’ve been waiting for since my adolescent years. The movie was great and I hope black youth take the time to enjoy the game of baseball like I did growing up.

I hope they get excited like I did when I watched Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Belle, Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Barry Bonds, Dave Stewart, Cecil Fielder, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Joe Carter, Frank Thomas, Kirby Puckett, Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Mo Vaughn. 

Lastly, there is a man who does not get enough credit because he has always been in the shadow of Jackie Robinson and that’s Larry Doby. Larry Doby was the second black baseball player to join the Major League but the first to integrate the American League by joining the Cleveland Indians in 1947. He ended up becoming a 7x All Star, a World Series champion, 2x AL Homerun Champion and a manager for the White Sox in 1978. Doby also worked in the front office for the New Jersey Nets (now Brooklyn) and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. He died in 2003 at the age of 79.

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