While weather played havoc with the annual celebration of the life of Jackie Robinson, the lighter MLB schedule does not prohibit us at Did The Tribe Win Last Night from looking back at the time Robinson’s playing career brought him through the city of Cleveland.
On April 15th of every year, Major League Baseball takes pause to recognize the contributions of Jackie Robinson to the advancement of African-Americans and minorities as a whole in professional sports and, in a much larger construct, in the society as we know it today.
Teams honor the life and legacy of Robinson by removing their traditional names and numbers from the backs of their jerseys, instead wearing a nameless #42, which returns to diamonds across the country on the anniversary of his breaking of the color barrier. While inclement weather at stops all across the country led to the cancellation of a half dozen games on Sunday, it will lead to an extended commemoration of Robinson as those 42 jerseys will be “unretired” again during make-up games in May and June for the ten affected clubs.
Baseball fans around the globe can rejoice – there are two weeks to go until the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our countdown to Opening Day by looking back at another Tribe legend!
Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days
To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.
The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform.
Despite having to patch together their pitching staff after a quick exit from starter Mike Garcia, the Cleveland Indians come just one out away from their first combined no-hitter as they hold off the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, in front of a holiday crowd of 26,842 at Cleveland Stadium.
If Congressional representatives in Ohio, South Carolina, and New Jersey – among other states – get their way, Larry Doby could soon be in some select company.
Ohio’s senators – Democrat Sherrod Brown, an avowed Indians fan, and Republican Rob Portman – have introduced legislation to make Doby the latest recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) has proposed the same bill in the House.