and heres why: HE WAS NOT THE 1ST AFRICAN AMERICAN MLB PLAYER!!!! MLB is trying erase and hide its own and society's ugly history with racial relations. If anything we should be honoring the real 1st African American MLB player, Fleetwood Walker, whose story is a wretched one and after his abolishment, created apartheid in MLB until Jackie Robinson.... Fleetwood's story should remind us to be more tolerate people. Jackie's story is about $$$ (although it did take courage for him to enter a hostile environment); the white MLB owners were tired of losing millions of dollars to the Negro League. Jackie was a protected commodity, MLB had a lot riding on his success.
Fleetwood Walker, circa 1884