Photo courtesy of history.com
Yes, I know this is not really related to SoCal Sports, but I honestly don’t care.
It would be remiss of me to not give homage to this man on the occasion of what would have been his 89th birthday today, for what he did not only to this country, but for the world in general.
A particularly interesting thing about Dr. King was how he credited the great Jackie Robinson (that’s the tie to SoCal Sports here) with how Robinson’s career greatly influenced his.
Remember, Jackie played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers and officially broke baseball’s racist color line EIGHT YEARS before the Montgomery Bus Boycott, considered by many to be event that started the Civil Rights Movement, began.
A most appropriate picture for this occasion and this site: Dr. Martin Luther King being pitched to by his daughter Yolanda in 1964. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com
Indeed, here is what King said about Robinson’s influence on him…
“(Robinson was) a pilgrim that walked in the lonesome byways toward the high road of Freedom. He was a sit-inner before sit-ins, a freedom rider before freedom rides.”
And just a few weeks before his assassination in 1968, King told Robinson’s Dodger teammate Don Newcombe…
“You’ll never know how easy you and Jackie and (Larry) Doby and Campy (Roy Campanella) made it for me to do my job by what you did on the baseball field.”
I hope that convinces you why Dr. King should be given homage on this site today.
Martin Luther King with Jackie Robinson, who according to King influenced him greatly. Photo courtesy of dodgersnation.com