The games are back, but a certain special element of sportsmanship will not return, on account of the coronavirus. This is a remembrance of the ‘Put ‘er there,’ the soul shake, the hand slap, the high (and low) five. Those, and myriad other forms of dap, are done. For a while, at least.
MSNBC Commentator Al Sharpton was among those in the national media who covered the death of George Shuba in 2014 with a story about the 1946 handshake with Jackie Robinson. The gesture “was a huge moment for baseball and an even bigger one for the country,” Sharpton said. Later, he added, “He’ll always be remembered […]
When George Shuba passed away in 2014 at age 89, the New York Times wrote one of its signature obituaries about him. George “was best remembered for his welcoming gesture to Jackie Robinson at home plate on the day Robinson, as a minor leaguer, broke baseball’s color barrier,” the Times reported. Read the full story […]
On the 60th anniversary of the Robinson-Shuba handshake, the New York Times used that phrase in the headline of a story commemorating it. George Shuba told the paper later he didn’t realize the significance of the handshake at the time. “I really didn’t,” he said. “Our teammate hit a home run so I shook his […]
Sports Illustrated interviewed George Shuba in 1996 for its story about the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s barrier-smashing 1946 home run while he and George were teammates for the Montreal Royals, a minor league affiliate for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Shuba told SI he remembered vividly the moment he shook Robinson’s hand as the future Hall […]
The Robinson-Shuba “Handshake for the Century” celebrates the handshake of Shuba, a Youngstown native, and baseball superstar Jackie Robinson on April 18, 1946, when they were teammates for the Montreal Royals. Robinson had just hit a three-run homer in his debut game as the first black player in the formerly all-white minor leagues, and Shuba was the first to congratulate him at home plate.