I’ve spent a great amount of time around people who have blazed trails, have been the first to overcome an obstacle that many thought was impossible.
While I never met Jackie Robinson, I knew his story very well and have been in the presence of the others who soon followed: Don Newcomb, Larry Doby, and the like.
I’ve heard the stories of the early Harlem Globetrotters and men like Sweetwater Clifton, the first African American to play for the Knicks.
I have also been around so many of the Yankees leaders over the years who have taken a stand, from Elston Howard to Reggie Jackson. They all handled their situations, especially those dealing with race — with integrity and willful determination.