Brooklyn Dodgers

Remembering Jackie Robinson’s Fight With Black Nationalists Over Anti-Semitism

04/14/2013 - 20:00

Moviegoers who headed this past weekend to the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 for the opening of “42” saw the story of how Jackie Robinson displayed legendary courage, class and talent in the face of immense pressure and racial hatred as he broke down baseball’s color barrier.

Less well known is Robinson’s role in a controversy that erupted just a few blocks away, at Harlem’s most famous theater, and underscored his commitment to fighting all bigotry, including prejudice emanating from his own community.

Robinson: "I was ashamed to see community leaders who were afraid to speak out when blacks were guilty of anti-Semitism."

Closer To Home: Of Baseball, Faith And Family

05/14/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

When I was growing up, baseball was all about fathers and sons.

I am grateful that my Dad transmitted his love of the game to my older brother and me, and am reminded of it each spring, when the promise of a new season still fills me with childlike excitement.

Gary Rosenblatt

Branca Headed For Jewish Sports Hall?

08/15/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The revelation that Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca has Jewish roots (his mother was Jewish, but he was raised Catholic) has created such a stir at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, L.I., that Branca will be considered for induction into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum housed there — albeit through the back door.

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