Monthly Archives: December 2011

Breakdown of Races in Baseball

After Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, the league saw a steady increase of African-Americans.  However, over the past two decades, the pattern has reversed and fewer and fewer … Continue reading

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Jackie Robinson

            “We ask for nothing special.  We ask only to be permitted to live as you live, and as our nation’s Constitution provides.”  This is a quote by Jackie Robinson to a New Orleans sportswriter around the time that he … Continue reading

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Racial Stacking in Sports

            Racial stacking in sports is not a new phenomenon.  It is prevalent in many sports and has been taking place for many decades.  Stacking can be defined as placing athletes in certain positions based on racial stereotypes.  For example, … Continue reading

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Italian National Soccer Team and racial citizenship

When Mario Balotelli grew up in Brescia, Italy, like many Italian kids, dreamed of playing for the national team his whole life. Balotelli has an Italian name but when you see his picture it can be quite confusing. Mario is … Continue reading

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The Fab 5 and racial authenticity

  Like many students at University of Michigan, I was eagerly waiting for the release of the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary about the Fab Five. The Fab Five were five student athletes that played basketball for the U of … Continue reading

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Minorities in the NHL

  When watching a NHL game one thing is very apparent, the sport is primarily comprised of white men. Compared to other American professional sport, besides golf, hockey has much less racial diversity. Currently the NHL has twenty eight players … Continue reading

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Mission Statement

The Exploration of Race in Sports is a blog with a US perspective concerning race within basketball, baseball, football, golf, and hockey and the audiences’ perception of how race plays a role in each of these sports. This blog means … Continue reading

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