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Breaking the barrier

By: Coleman Swierc - email

Tyler, Tx (KLTV) - If Jackie Robinson were alive, he would be proud.

On the anniversary of his historic day, when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, teams around America celebrated him.

Robinson set the standard, that baseball is universal, that your game is based on your play, and not the color of your skin.

The players at Texas College know first hand, the impact of Robinson's breakthrough.

"I never thought that i would play with a group of guys like this," said Walter Murrell, a redshirt freshman for Texas College, who is also African-American, "we all get along good, and it is probably what Jackie Robinson wanted."

"I think it is only fair, that now we can play the best players from the world, no matter what race you are or where you are from," said senior John Horan, a senior, and one of the many non-black players on the team.

Some might think it is weird, a historically black college, with only two black players.

But it is not weird, in these players minds, it is exactly what Jackie would have wanted.

"I think it helps everyone become a better person," said Horan,  "you play with guys and their different aspects of their race, and how they grew up, and you take and learn new things from guys, and i think it helps everyone grow, being able to play with such a diverse group."

"The game of baseball has brought a lot of people together, and whether it be white, black, hispanic or asian, he was the man, that broke these barriers and put us in the position we are today," said Texas College head coach Freddy Rodriguez.

If Jackie Robinson were alive, he would proud of the game of baseball, proud that white and black can play together, and proud that what he did, meant something, to everyone, everywhere.

"He could of just quit, and baseball today would be a totally different game," said Horan.

He didn't quit, and baseball, and the United States, are better because he didn't.

 

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