MLB set for Jackie Robinson Day
Third annual league-wide commemoration slated for Saturday
Near the end of his diabetes-shortened life, Jackie Robinson had resolved to stay away from ballparks. The little personal boycott was his silent protest against a trend that bothered him. The doors he had opened decades earlier remained closed above baseball's fields.
Major League Baseball was distinguished coast-to-coast by splendid black American and Latino players. But there were no managers or general managers of color, no one in positions of authority.
"As my way of protest, I've stopped going to Old-Timers' games," Robinson remarked during a surprise 1972 appearance in Dodger Stadium, for ceremonies to retire his Dodgers No. 42 uniform.