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Schmuck: Jackie Robinson and the final straw that persuaded baseball to honor him

Schmuck: Jackie Robinson and the final straw that persuaded baseball to honor him

There is no reason to wonder why Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every April 15.

Robinson's place in baseball history is well-known and rightfully revered. He stood up against the institutionalized hatred of the Jim Crow era to open the major leagues to African-Americans and soften the heart of a nation steeped in racism.

The only thing to wonder about on the 70th anniversary of Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers is why it took MLB more than a half-century to fully recognize his sacrifice and achievement.

Or why we owe former Dodgers general manager Al Campanis an ironic debt of gratitude for forcing the...

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