Anyone who has been following my writings knows by know I'm a big fan of baseball and over the years I've had the honor of meeting many of the great. One of the first things that jumped out at me in fact when I moved to NH was the painting of Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe. This week I was disheartened to learn a vandal defaced the great mural with racial hatred.
Who in their right mind would do such a thing? That corner is already in the national spot light because of the deadly incident between the Red Sox and Yankee fans that left one man dead. Why would someone choose now to add racism to the mix? And racism by defacing a baseball painting of all things.
If anything baseball should be celebrated for its ability to break down the wall of racism. In baseball it doesn't matter what country your from or what color your skin is, if you can hit the ball or throw the ball good enough to help your team win the game that's all it takes to become a hero. True it hasn't always been that way and there was a time when black ball players were force to play in their own league, the negro league but players like Roy and Don helped open the door to allow each to not be looked at by the color of their skin but instead by their ability. There are no quotas, no one looks to make sure teams have equal mixes of races, none of that exists in baseball. It's pure talent.
Who looks at the Sox or Yankees or whatever other team and chooses to only cheer on the players of colors they support? Who in their right mind would rather see their favorite team full of all white, black or whatever color faces vs having a team with simply the best talent in the game?I hope they catch the person behind this attack on America's past time.
"Ethnic prejudice has no place in sports, and baseball must recognize that truth if it is to maintain stature as a national game." - Branch Rickey (Branch Rickey was responsible for signing Jackie Robinson and opening the door to minorities in baseball)