The very best use it as an opportunity to examine the state of many of the same issues in our current day.
Such is the case with an ESPN report I viewed on the replay of SportsCenter this morning. I blast ESPN about as often as anyone, but today, the four-letter network produced a great piece of journalism that should not be overlooked.
The piece is called "What Would Jackie Think?" and you can find the print version of it here. It centers around this question:
What would Jackie Robinson think about the fact that only 8 percent of Major League Baseball players are African-American?
It's a question for which there are no easy answers, although the ESPN report attempts to find one. Some point to the proliferation of other sports. Some point to the cost of playing baseball at a high level. Some point to Major League Baseball teams' emphasis on scouting outside the United States.
All agree that something needs to be done.
Throughout the week, I'll be linking to many of the best stories I find on Robinson while surfing the Internet. If you're looking for a great place to start learning about Jackie Robinson, check out Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer." It's one of the best sports books you'll ever read.
Other stories of note on Jackie Robinson: