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Michael Wilbon Speaking FeeESPN Analyst Michael Wilbon was the keynote speaker annual Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon in downtown Chicago. Wilbon is longtime sports reporter perhaps best known for his work on ESPN, grew up as a baseball-playing South Sider who rooted first for the White Sox and later, the Cubs, despite the fact that his father was once “shooed away from the box office” at Wrigley Field upon attempting to buy a ticket to watch Robinson’s very first game with the Dodgers in Chicago.

“Ballparks ended up being the first place where blacks and whites — without much effort — sit together, eat popcorn and root for the home team,” Wilbon said. “Whether it’s the American League White Sox or Negro League American Giants.”

Wilbon spoke passionately about how baseball — “not basketball, not football,” was once the first choice for kids in his neighborhood — “yes, the first choice for black kids.” He also broke down how truly ahead of his time Robinson was in breaking the color barrier: it occurred seven years before the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, eight years before Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus, 17 years before President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and two decades before the U.S. Supreme Court got rid of laws banning interracial marriage.

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