Sunday, June 29, 2008

An explanation for the name of this blog

Chances are you are well aware of the fact that Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball and that he did so with the Brooklyn (now LA) Dodgers in 1947. What you may not know is that the Boston Red Sox were the LAST major league baseball team to integrate. Twelve years later, in 1959, Elijah "Pumpsie" Green was called up from the minors to play for Boston.

Of particular relevance to the name of this blog is the fact that in 1945, a Boston City Councilor by the name of Isadore Muchnick arranged a "tryout" for Jackie Robinson (and two other players) at Fenway Park. Muchnick threatened to oppose the Sox license to play home games on Sundays in Boston if the "tryout" did not occur. Izzy did so because it was the right thing to do.

It was a bold effort -- one that was subsequently brought to completion by Branch Rickey and further capitalized on by the National League.

So, to honor Isadore Muchnick -- this blog is entitled The Izzy Project. We hope to capture stories that are in keeping with this story: blending sports with ethics. Please post comments and stories for us to review.

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