On this Jackie Robinson Day, we share some of his most inspiring words; on baseball, on civil rights and on breaking the color barrier . . .
Jackie Robinson made his major league baseball debut on April 15, 1947. He was the first African-American to break the baseball’s color barrier.
Jackie was an outspoken civil rights activist throughout his life.
Today we remember him through his words on activism, on baseball, and on life:
“Life is not a spectator sport. … If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.”
“I believe in the goodness of a free society. And I believe that society can remain good only as long as we are willing to fight for it — and to fight against whatever imperfections may exist.”
“In order for America to be 100 percent strong — economically, defensively and morally — we cannot afford the waste of having second- and third-class citizens.”
“Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead.”
“Baseball was just a part of my life. Thank God that I didn’t allow a sport or a business or any part of my life to dominate me completely.”
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