Give Me a Corny Speech. Then I'll Listen

When Jackie Robinson was near death and blind from diabetes, he was given a day of celebration at Dodger Stadium. As he was led back to the clubhouse, Jim Murray, the great sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, touched him on the shoulder and identified himself. "Oh, Jim!" said Jackie. "I wish that I could see you again." Murray responded, "Jackie, I wish that I could see you again." Tom Callahan, another great sportswriter, told me that story.

Jackie Robinson comes to mind in this season--not of baseball but of politics--because not only did he embody the best of America while...

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