Jackie Robinson’s legacy continues to be fulfilled by MLB’s Black only double-play combination

CHICAGO — What time? White Sox shortstop Tim AndersonNew second baseman Josh HarrisonJackie Robinson Day will see them both take the field together. They will be the only Black double play combination in baseball.

Anderson recently stated that “you don't see it every day.” “There are many young people who look up to me on the South Side. I believe it is only right to share our story through the game of baseball and play as we do.

Only 7.2% of MLB Opening Day players this season were Black, a decrease from the 7.6% in 2021. Since 1981's record 18.7%, this percentage has steadily fallen. according to the Society of American Baseball Research.

Anderson and Harrison are aiming to show kids that baseball is cool on Chicago's South Side.

Anderson stated, “I am very conscious of the consequences of the things that I do.” Anderson said, “There are a lot of children watching. I want to send the right message and guide them in the right direction.

Anderson is well known for the passion that he shows on the field. After 2021 spent with the White Sox, Harrison joined the White Sox. Nationals A'sThe motor is always running. On the opening weekend of Detroit, he scored a triple in back-toback at-bats. He also scored a double in Comerica Park. Each time he was excited, he got up and walked away.

Both players see such outward emotion in a way they can connect with young fans. This White Sox team is aiming to defend its 2021 AL Central championship after having won 93 games with one among the sport's most dynamic teams a season ago.

“When people tune in to games more and see people who represent them playing with flair and energy, it has an influence,” Ken Williams, White Sox executive vice President and one of only four people of color running a major league team, said.

Anderson is represented by seeing other players do the things that brought them to baseball. He grew up playing basketball in Tuscaloosa and Alabama. Harrison has a deep history with the game. His uncle John Shelby was a majors player for 10 years while Vince was a minors player.

Harrison said, “It does make a difference.” “Having someone that you can recognize has lived it.”

Anderson and Harrison acknowledged that not everyone can look up to a family of baseball stars, but they both highlighted the importance of days such as Friday, when every MLB player will be wearing the No. 42 on the 75th Anniversary of Robinson breaking down the sport's color barrier. Young fans have the opportunity to not only learn about the history but also to see themselves as part of its future. This is particularly important for those who represent underrepresented communities.

Harrison stated, “Jackie Robinson Day I don't take lightly.” He deserves our gratitude.

Anderson believes it has always been more than just one day. He has spent his seven seasons playing for the White Sox and has been a tireless teacher about Black baseball, as well as creating opportunities for young Chicagoans.

Anderson's League of Leaders is a charity founded by Anderson. Its mission is to develop leadership qualities in youth affected by violence. In 2018, he was part of a series that targeted the RoyalsAnderson led a group of young Chicagoans into the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City. The next year, Anderson did the same thing at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta. Anderson will retire in 2020. posted photosFrom Chicago to his Instagram, while attending protests in the wake of George Floyd's murder.

He said, “I've been tapping in to the community since I was born,” when he spoke about his early career decision of getting involved on Chicago's South Side.

The two infielders are able to work together and have a great relationship with the team whose uniforms they share. The White Sox are committed to diversity in baseball.

It established Amateur City Elite in 2007, which has given over 230 scholarships. Its stated goals were to reverse the decline in interest in black baseball among young players and gain exposure to them among college recruiters, scouts, as well as create a program that helps each participant succeed beyond the diamond.

Williams stated that there is no question that ACE students see themselves in Tim Anderson. They will see themselves in Josh, especially when they see how much fun the game is for them. They can point to one and say “I can't be that guy!”

The White Sox will host the Tampa Bay RaysIt won't be just another regular baseball game on Friday night. It will be more than a double play when a groundball lands in the hands either of Chicago's middle-infielders.

Anderson stated, “I believe that African Americans will really appreciate it.” Anderson said, “What are the odds of that happening?” Two Black men are the everyday up-the-mid combo.

“It's certainly dope and definitely cool to see it for younger kids.”

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