Last Sunday’s column about the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball struck a chord among fans and readers.
I was 3 years old, living in Montreal, when Jackie joined the Royals. My father thought sports a waste of time and money. But he recognized the long-term impact on society that Jackie would have. I became a sports fan, baseball fan and Dodger fan during the 1952 World Series largely because of Jackie. For years thereafter, whenever my father ridiculed my sports interest, my comeback would be Jackie Robinson. Robinson’s impact transcended baseball and sport. Ben Mirman, Gaithersburg I couldn’t write it any better than that.
As a fan of the Boston Braves, what I remember most about Jackie Robinson was his unique ability to virtually take over the game by whatever means.
This was a guy who could virtually steal first base and when he got to first base, totally disrupt the other team and its pitcher. To his everlasting credit, he was by far the most assertive, aggressive and take-charge baseball competitor of his time. Jim Delaney, Potomac MLB has done well trying to educate fans about Robinson’s impact on the country. But more needs to be done, particularly among youngsters in the schools.
We are very fortunate that the guy (Stan Kasten) who was chiefly responsible for the Atlanta Braves success and Turner Field is now running things in Washington. I am absolutely convinced that the Ted Lerner-Kasten plan for the Nationals is the right way to go. So for now, sit back and enjoy the fact that we have baseball in D.C. Walt Peterson, Falls Church Kasten has our respect. Still, he should have spent more money on the 2007 team.
As a public service to your readers, please advise them to avoid the half-smokes at RFK. Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smokes they are not. Can we get Ben’s Chili Bowl into the new stadium? Corey Henry, Washington While Ben’s Chili Bowl would be welcome at the new ballpark, several quality starting pitchers and big bats would be even better.
It’s only April 19 but at least the Nats have as many wins (five) to show for their $36 million payroll as do the Cubs, they of the $136 million man (Alfonso Soriano) and about $300 million in offseason spending on free agents. Money isn’t everything. I wonder if Soriano is having second thoughts? Ray Schneider, Frostburg, Md. While I’m not Soriano’s accountant, I feel certain he does not have second thoughts about joining the Cubs.