Jackie Robinson

The Boston Globe, The Grio, and The Los Angeles Times have all run versions of the same article about the World Series, which heads into tonight’s Game

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The Modest Heroism of Jason Collins

The gay NBA player isn't another Jackie Robinson, but he's brave in his own way

The gay NBA player isn't another Jackie Robinson, but he's brave in his own way.

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What the Jackie Robinson Film Leaves Out

'42' doesn't touch on his conservative politics, which are widely misunderstood

The 24-hour news cycle yielded one of its better sitcom interludes last week when Rand Paul went to Howard University, the historically black college, to tell its student body why it needed the Republican Party. The libertarian junior senator from Kentucky, at one point, asked for a show-of-hands from those who knew that most of the African Americans who founded the NAACP more than 100 years ago were Republican.

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Citizens of the Week

Good Citizen of the Week: Mo Vaughn Maurice "Mo" Vaughn had an illustrious career with the Boston Red Sox, winning an MVP title and thrilling a generation of Fenway faithful with laser shots out of the park. But he injured his knee when he tumbled down the dugout steps, while fielding a pop-up in foul territory. He was never the same and, after two lackluster seasons with the Mets, he retired. Vaughn, who idolized Jackie Robinson and wore #42 to honor him, said he wanted to give back to society after retirement. Unlike most pro athletes, he meant it.

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O Brother

Something wonderful, or terrible, is taking place in Philadelphia. The city's sports fans, whose only consistent love has been for an inanimate object--the statue of Rocky--are becoming warm and fuzzy. Sort of. Kind of. Well, about as nice as they are ever going to get in Philly, where fans have made their national mark with nastiness, boos, and a perverse fondness for losing. But now the city is confronted with a success story greater than any since the signing of the Constitution (which wasn't so pretty, either). It's the Philadelphia Phillies, of course.

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I was sitting outside in the Cambridge sun and browsing through some publishers' catalogues for books being published next fall. A rich crop, it seems to me. Times Books, an imprint at Henry Holt, is putting out a book, First Class Citizenship: The Civil Rights Letters of Jackie Robinson, in October. Edited by Michael G. Long, it comes with a foreword from my good friend Henry Louis Gates, a professor of Afro-American Studies at Harvard and an off-and-on contributor to TNR. There is an excerpt from a letter from Robinson to President Eisenhower printed in the catalogue.

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