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Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

Jan 31, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

Jackie Robinson was born this day in 1919. I don’t know if the odds would have otherwise favored him making it to 94, but at 53 he left us way too early.

Today’s Google Doodle honors Robinson:


The 42 should be red, but let’s not pick nits. Instead, go to Google, click the pic and learn something about Jackie Robinson that you didn’t ¬†know beforehand.

  1. number42is1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Happy B-day and RIP to the one of the greatest to ever play the game!

  2. zipsports - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Funny thing is, people remember him mostly for being the guy that broke the color barrier. I don’t think people remember him as much for being a great ballplayer, as they do for breaking the color barrier. Look at the numbers, he was a helluva player as well.

    • 18thstreet - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      His biography is remarkable. Refused to sit in the back of a bus when he was in the army. Heck of a player? Sure. But his life was so much more interesting than that.

  3. natslady - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Can I just give thumbs up to the post? Happy Birthday!

  4. sportsfanjay - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Thank you Jackie for allowing my son to have aspirations of playing college and professional baseball. Also, thank you for helping me to be able to coach kids in baseball that aren’t the same color as me.

  5. dadawg77 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Here is to Jackie Robinson, the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

  6. chill1184 - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Happy Birthday Jackie R

  7. lewp - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Happy Birthday also Nolan Ryan!!!!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      Indeed, the Express is 66, and I’ll bet his fastball can still top that. And while we’re at it, Happy Day to Mr Ernie Banks, “let’s play two”, another Negro Leagues star who, like Mr Robinson and many other non-white players, had to endure some vile treatment when he made the leap to MLB. One of the greatest players never to play in a World Series.

      • louhudson23 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Happy Birthday to all three.I would also add that besides their talent and ability,no one ever had reason to question their grit,determination or love of the game. Something that apparently is not held in as high of esteem as it once was….

  8. raysfan1 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Diabetes is just an awful disease, and our ability to control it 40-50 years ago was much more primitive.

    Jackie Robinson did indeed refuse to move to the back of the bus on an Army post–even though the buses were integrated. He got court martialed for it. He also was acquitted by the officers (all of whom were white) serving on the court martial board.

  9. cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    When I was in Montreal about 15 years ago I went to the Robinson’s old home rented on de Gaspe Avenue near where old Delorimier Stadium was. I stood there and I hoped that I was standing somewhere he would have stood when he was a Montreal Royal for one season. There’s a plaque there now, to remind everyone that this was his home when he was here and that we Canadians, and Montrealers in particular, loved him. By all accounts he was a nice man and appreciated the kindness with which he was treated. It took time for him to get used to it, of course. When he was chased down a street by a group of white people here, he assumed he was in for some serious trouble. But of course they wanted to meet him and chat with him and, of course, wanted his autograph.

    I’m pretty proud of Canada over some things. We don’t make villages of inconvenient people disappear. When there is graft and corruption, its usually pretty minor. We travel well and other travellers want to be us. We tend to be funny and have really great musicians. The list goes on, but I think the thing I will cite first to baseball people is that we treated Mr. & Mrs Robinson well when they stayed as our guests. If he’d stayed, perhaps the stresses on his health would have been less. Perhaps he’d still be with us and we could wish him a Happy Birthday in person.

    Well, whatever. In the end, his life stood for much more, short as it was. People often cite the courage it took for him to do what he did. One nuance to all of this is that they don’t tend to cite is that he had choices and he chose to do the hardest thing of all. He could have stayed and might have lived a longer, happier, less stressed life. In the end he chose . . . well we all know that story.

    • hojo20 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Canada = the land of cigarette smokers.

  10. hackerjay - Jan 31, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Not only are the numbers blue when they should be red, but even worse then that, they show him as a lefty, when he was a right-handed batter.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 31, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Actually, while it isn’t the best likeness, it does seem to show him batting right-handed in the follow-through of a swing. Check which of his hands is higher on the bat than the other.

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