MLB's diversity would have Jackie shaking his head
Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day, commemorating the 61st anniversary of Robinson's 1947 debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. A few weeks ago, I sat with Rachel Robinson, Jackie's elegant and extraordinary wife who works to carry on his legacy, at the Jackie Robinson Foundation Banquet at the Waldorf in New York City. She knew that the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida was about to publish the 2008 MLB Racial and Gender Report Card, as we do annually near the start of the baseball season, and she asked how it looked.
Baseball's Report Card
In many ways, these are the best of times and the worst of times for Major League Baseball's diversity push. The University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports released its 2008 MLB Racial and Gender Report Card on Tuesday, the anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. And the reviews for Bud Selig's league are mixed. Story
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