Donaldson's 1-game ban upheld by MLB, fine cut to $5,000
Major League Baseball has upheld Josh Donaldson’s one-game suspension, a penalty that was assessed after the New York Yankees third baseman made a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson that Chicago manager Tony La Russa called racist.
February is Black History Month, Which means that every year we remember the African Americans who have made history and made America what it is today — often with little recognition.
African American baseball legend Jackie Robinson had an older brother, Matthew, who won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1936 Olympics. He came in second to Jesse Owens. Before Branch Rickey offered future Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson the contract that integrated professional baseball, he personally tested Robinson’s reactions to the racial slurs and insults he knew the player would endure. After retiring from baseball, Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson helped establish the African American-owned and controlled Freedom Bank. Jackie Robinson, his wife Rachel and their son Jackie Jr. posing by their car in Brooklyn, New York in July 1949.thewestsidegazette.com
112 Year old Black WW2 Veteran Celebrates his Birthday!
Life is a Pleasant PuzzleBy Don Valentine & Nicole NuttingHe-Said: Nicole, even your “Jaded” soul has to acknowledge this amazing Story! Mr. Lawrence Brooks has witnessed a plethora of events in his 112 years. In the span of his 112 years he not only witnessed the first Black U.S. President and the first woman Vice President. To witness all that you know that Mr. Brooks was a Blessed man. Did Mr. Brooks rejoice at Rosa Park’s act of resistance?thewestsidegazette.com
Pro Football Color Ban Couldn’t Deny HBCU History Of Talent
It’s a question seldom asked, much less explained: Why is ending the color barrier celebrated in baseball and rarely mentioned in pro football? For all the notoriety Jackson deservedly receives, black players who integrated pro football have gotten little recognition for their efforts. It also highlights the 17 black players who played pro football between 1902 and the institution of the ban in 1933. Sponsors include the National Football League, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tulane University. “We’ve been inside this football game since the beginning and helped revolutionize pro football.thewestsidegazette.com
MacArthur aims to help people with disabilities find work
Although philanthropy has taken steps to increase the flow of grant dollars to people with disabilities in recent years, disability advocates say the broad push among foundations to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work has largely left people with disabilities out, both in terms of grants and representation on foundation boards and staff.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Receives $1.4M Endowment From Hess Corporation
The Hess Corporation awarded the Jackie Robinson Foundation with a $1.4 million grant. The foundation is also spearheading the creation of the New York City-based Jackie Robinson Museum; a space that will merge the past and present by highlighting Robinson’s journey and groundbreaking contributions and fostering crucial conversations about today’s societal issues. The donation from the Hess Corporation will support the development of the museum and the creation of four-year scholarships. “The Jackie Robinson Foundation is extremely grateful for Hess Corporation’s generous investment in our mission. “What’s more, Hess’ pledge to help bring to fruition the Jackie Robinson Museum also speaks to its commitment to promote equal opportunity and to challenge society to use history to inform a better future.thewestsidegazette.com
MLB Finally Recognizes Negro League Players as Major Leaguers
The Negro National League was formed on Feb. 13, 1920, at a YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. “For historical merit, today is extraordinarily important,” said Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. “Having been around so many of the Negro League players, they never looked to MLB to validate them. But for fans and for historical sake, this is significant, it really is.”Official MLB historian John Thorn mentioned the importance and impact of Negro League players finally being regarded as major leaguers. “Granting MLB status to Negro Leagues a century after their founding is profoundly gratifying.”(Edited by Stan Chrapowicki and Andre Johnson)The post MLB Finally Recognizes Negro League Players as Major Leaguers appeared first on Zenger News.thewestsidegazette.com