Sport: Robinson's Advent

The men who own and control major league baseball, Frank Robinson said earlier this season, "can afford whatever they want." Robby was talking about lavish six-figure salaries (his own is estimated at about $200,000). He was too polite to add that for all their cash, none of the owners of the 24 major league teams felt that they could afford to have a black man calling the shots from the dugout. Until last week, that is. Then, with a ceremonial roll of the public relations drums, the Cleveland Indians announced that Robinson had stepped across baseball's ultimate color line and become...

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