The Yankees on Tuesday night dedicated a plaque in Monument Park to Jackie Robinson. The only other non-team personnel so honored are Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and the victims of Sept. 11.
The text of the plaque reads:
“In becoming the first Major League player to break the color barrier, Jackie will forever be an inspiration with his grace, dignity and perseverance. His story and the stories of those who never had the same opportunity must never be forgotten.”
The team also donated $1 million to The Jackie Robinson Foundation.
We watch baseball games – hopefully – with no regard for the color of a player’s skin. It’s embarrassing to think that only 60 years ago that wasn’t the case. Sports should be one place where it should only matter whether you can play, not who you are. Hopefully the example Jackie Robinson set will eventually weave its way through the rest of society as it did baseball.