Friday, April 15, 2011
Jackie Robinson: A True American Hero
Sixty-four years ago today, an African-American stepped onto the field of Major League Baseball for the first time in the modern era. The year was 1947, and the man's name was Jackie Robinson. A graduate of UCLA, where he lettered in 4 varsity sports, football, basketball, baseball and track. A veteran of the United States Army and an officer, Jackie Robinson broke the color line and opened up MLB for men of color. A true American hero, Jackie Robinson began the process of leveling the playing field. It is only fitting that we should remember his contribution not only to sports and baseball, but for the greater role he played as an American hero for us all.
Tribute To Jackie Robinson: Leveling The Playing Field by F.D. Zigler, acrylic on paper envelope.