70 years later, Jackie Robinson continues to inspire

Jackie Robinson Day is also the final day of the inaugural Trailblazer Series. The Trailblazer Series is the first ever program hosted by Major League Baseball to celebrate and promote girls baseball. In a time when girls are often shunted into softball once baseball becomes competitive, it’s significant that MLB is promoting baseball as an option for young girls. Some 100 girls from 20 states and Canada were invited for three days of lectures, interaction with coaches and players in women’s baseball, and of course, actual baseball. And to play with only girls, when many of the participants have no choice but to play with boys at home, is a huge thing. The girls will also participate in Jackie Robinson Day festivities at Dodger Stadium to close out their weekend.

Anthony holds a no-trade clause, but many believe he will explore trade options this summer and could have played his last game as a Knick on Wednesday.

It hasn’t been pretty so far, but Dolan has committed to seeing the final years of the Zen Master’s deal through. Now, Jackson has two more summers to bring a winning team back to Madison Square Garden.

Jackson signed a five-year deal as team president in 2014. He and the Knicks each reserved the right to go a different direction after three seasons, as to avoid working through a potential lockout.

But amid the circus show that was the Knicks’ 2016-17 season, team owner James Dolan appeared on The Michael Kay Show on Feb. 10 for a radio interview, where he said he would honor Jackson’s contract “all the way to the end.”

The Knicks are 80-166 in Jackson’s full three seasons at the helm, including a 17-65 record in 2014-15 that was the worst mark in team history.
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