BASEBALL: LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the times when there were no black players in big league baseball.
And about what it meant when Jackie Robinson broke the game’s color barrier.
“Without Jackie, I wouldn’t be in front of you,” the Los Angeles Angels pitcher told several dozen kids at a Bronx ballfield Sunday. “Jackie’s role in my life has been tremendous.”
From Dodger Stadium to Fenway Park, there were ceremonies as Major League Baseball honored Robinson and his legacy. Video tributes and on-field celebrations at every ballpark included his family, his former teammates, players from the Negro Leagues, NBA great Bill Russell and members of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Players, managers, coaches and umpires all wore No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day to remember the 65th anniversary of the day the future Hall of Famer first took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Heat forces runners to adjust
Marathon: Many of the 27,000 runners signed up for the Boston Marathon are spending their last day before the race trying to decide whether to deal with the heat forecast for today or take a deferment and run next year instead.
With temperatures expected to rise into the mid-80s, marathon officials have offered registered runners an opportunity to sit this one out and take their chances in 2013. The race’s medical staff is telling people who are inexperienced and those who have been ill, “Please don’t run the marathon on Monday.”
Those who do run are being advised to slow their pace and not go for a personal record.
That also applies to the elite athletes competing for victory in the 116th edition of the race.