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Jackie Robinson Day: Doug Glanville, Willie Harris on significance of 75th Anniversary

2 years agoStaff Report

As Major League Baseball celebrates the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color line, Marquee Sports Network analyst Doug Glanville penned an essay highlighting the significance of Robinson.

“He refused to stay inside the boundaries that limited how we saw humanity,” Glanville said. “We were equal and only with scales weighed down by bias could we tilt the field in one direction or another.”

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Marcus Stroman, who started for the Cubs Friday night in Colorado, relished the opportunity to pitch on Jackie Robinson Day. 

“Jackie Robinson deserves more than 1 day,” Stroman said after the game. “I pray people keep him in their mind. What he did, the trailblazer, the pioneer that he was.”

Robinson’s significance is felt among players and coaches today. Cubs third base coach Willie Harris has been allowed to chase his dreams thanks to the barriers that Robinson broke down.

“As a young man, be able to play at the major league level and now coach at this level, it’s huge,” Harris said in an interview with Taylor McGregor. “It means a ton to me.”

Robinson’s perseverance has stuck with Harris and helps him to this day.

“It’s one of those things I have to be strong mentally, I understand I’m gonna make mistakes, I understand, I’m gonna face adversity and be scrutinized, but what would Jackie do in those situations?” Harris said. “And I think he would continue to move forward, continue to stay positive and just keep going.”

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