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There is no one quite like Jackie Robison for America’s other favorite sports, for a number of reasons. But it still took great courage and conviction to be the first black player in the NBA, NFL, NHL, the PGA and even NASCAR. Let’s look back and remember these individuals on Jackie Robinson Day.
So maybe it’s just the epic orchestral score that sends chills down your spine, but we’re excited anyway. Harrison Ford will plays Branch Rickey, the man who signed Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract that eventually paved the way for him to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, and Robinson’s character is played by Chadwick Boseman.
Bryce Harper has serious talent. Skipping his last two years of high school to play in junior college, excelling there, getting picked first overall in the MLB draft, tearing up A ball: that’s quite a run, and suggests that though he’s struggled early in Double-A, he’ll right the ship. And with that kind of talent comes a lot of people talking about you.
What it definitely doesn’t come with is scrutiny like Jackie Robinson faced back in 1947. But a couple people with the Nationals were recently asked about their opinions of the pressure Harper’s under, and…you can see where this is going.