Jackie Robinson was a dynamic baseball player, best known for erasing the unofficial color barrier in major league baseball. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbet’s Field. The class and dignity that he displayed might even have outshined his dazzling offensive and defensive skills.
This past week, and on April 15 every year, major-league baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson day. He will always be remembered for breaking down barriers and opening up opportunities for minorities in professional sports. Even more important however was his fight for equality as a businessman, public speaker, and in politics. Every year on April 15, baseball honors Jackie Robinson‘ s legacy by celebrating his life, values and accomplishments.
Years ago I listened to an autobiography of Jackie Robinson while on a road trip. I was fascinated to learn of his philosophies on life success and justice. When researching this current blog post, I read many of the quotes that were attributed to Jackie Robinson. They give a snapshot of his wisdom and dignity.
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.“ “The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity. “ “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.“
It is clear that this phenomenal baseball player made an impact not just with his play, but also with his words. With eloquence and dignity, he spoke out against injustice and stood for fair and just treatment of all. He said that “Your time is limited, so don’t waste a living someone else’s life and to keep rising every time we fall.
He’s truly an American hero.