June 23, 1994 |
Jackie Robinson's name stands for the flag, brotherhood, equality, democracy, tolerance, Americanism--everything good about America. That's because he symbolizes the righting of an ancient wrong. Quicker than you could say Jack Robinson, Jim Crow was gone from our national sport. It seems hard to believe now but for more than half a century, black men were barred from participating in a game and a country that should have been as democratic as the Declaration of Independence.