Originally Posted by STelfair31
who had the harder time wit off the field issues... Jackie or Hank...
Hmmm... I read a good biography by Arnold Rampersad about Jackie Robinson's life, he's the one that had to face all the challenges before everyone else. Jackie had to go through a lot of ****, but he dealt with it as well as anyone could ever be expected to. There's a reason Jackie was generally considered the athlete of the century... he faced more than any other athlete ever did in this century, he was a special person.
"Rickey was dead-on about the racism. As Sports Illustrated's Bill Nack wrote: "Robinson was the target of racial epithets and flying cleats, of hate letters and death threats, of pitchers throwing at his head and legs, and catchers spitting on his shoes."
Robinson learned how to exercise self-control -- to answer insults, violence and injustice with silence. A model of unselfish team play, he earned the respect of his teammates and, eventually, the opposition."
I don't know enough about Hank to really comment, I've been meaning to pick up his book called "I Had A Hammer".
for the record, I don't even watch or care at all about baseball.