Whether They Wanted it or Not, Jackie Robinson Raised Americans’ Consciousness | The New York Times

This happened at Shea Stadium a few decades ago: My son and I were in a half-empty section, not far from two older black men.

One of the Mets made a clodhopper move on the bases, and was tagged out.

One of the two fans then turned to the other and said, “Jackie Robinson wouldn’t have done that.” I chortled, and we struck up a conversation, having the burning image of Jackie Robinson very much in common.

Jackie Robinson hovered over that game, and he has hovered over every game that has been played since April 15, 1947, when he made his major-league debut.

He upgraded the game, and he upgraded my Brooklyn Dodgers, and he upgraded life in America in his 10 years in the major leagues and in his short but active career out in the Real World, pushing for opportunities for black people in all businesses.

“She is just a great spokesperson,” Mr. Schumer told reporters. “She’s an incredible leader. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else.”