CLEVELAND, Ohio – To manager Terry Francona a 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson becoming a initial African American to play in a large leagues was reason for celebration.
For him it was also a day of thoughtfulness over since it has to be distinguished during all.
“I have churned emotions,” pronounced Francona before a Indians and White Sox played Wednesday during Progressive Field while wearing Robinson’s No.42. “I consider it’s overwhelming that we applaud what Jackie accomplished, not only for himself, though for other people.
“At a same time, we wish we remind ourselves that we should have never had to applaud it. It’s like be clever of what we’re patting ourselves on a behind here for. we wish we’re not only patting ourselves on a back. we wish we’re celebrating what he achieved since it’s degrading that (segregation) should have ever been.
“I do consider for a many partial people know that.”
Robinson played his initial diversion with a Brooklyn Dodgers on Apr 15, 1947. On Jul 5, 1947 Larry Doby broke a tone separator in a American League with a Indians. Until then, MLB’s phonetic separation process kept blacks out of baseball.
“I’ve never utterly been means to fathom since that was ever there to start with,” pronounced Francona. “What he was means to do underneath those circumstances, we consider it’s overwhelming that we do applaud his accomplishments and his strength of character.
“I only wish to make certain we don’t get held adult in patting ourselves on a behind for vouchsafing him into a game. That seems a small backward.
“His strength knocked some barriers down. we don’t know whey they were ever up.”