Monday, January 21, 2013

Remembering MLK in a baseball way

Dave Brown at Yahoo Sports has a fine story about the influence that Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Larry Doby had on Martin Luther King Jr. 

On the site, Richard Justice has a good piece, too -- 

King would later tell Robinson and other black baseball pioneers -- Larry Doby, Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, Monte Irvin, others -- how much he admired them for their courage and for how they'd changed the country and helped clear a path for all who would follow.
A few weeks before King was killed in 1968, he told Newcombe, "You'll never know how easy you and Jackie and Doby and Campy made it for me to do my job by what you did on the baseball field."
Newcombe remembered those comments during a 2009 interview with the New York Post's Peter Vecsey.
"Imagine, here is Martin getting beaten with billy clubs, bitten by dogs and thrown in jail, and he says we made his job easier," Newcombe told Vecsey.


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