Heroes and Fame

A couple of months ago America celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the colour barrier in Major League Baseball. He was the first man to do it and was justly celebrated for it. Twelve weeks after Robinson’s first game, Larry Doby, became the first black player on the Cleveland roster. He experience the same sort of awful treatment with less support from his team mates, a smaller city with smaller minds, and no black team mates. He overcame the odds and became a successful player and manager, eventually leaving the league as a quiet model for black players to look to in the future.

The question is, do heroes need to be first? Do they need to be famous? Do they deserve to be famous? Doby is said to not consider himself a trailblazer, he was happy enough to be a player or coach. Do all heroes want to be famous and should we make them famous if they don’t want them to be?

2 Responses to Heroes and Fame

  1. Malcolm June 30, 2007 at 2:28 pm #

    Most heroes aren’t seeking the vanity of fame; in fact, fame has ruined some very fine people, people who weren’t wired up to work in a sound-bite, spin-doctor world. Most heroes, I think, aren’t noticed by the national media because the media are preoccupied with shallow and/or notorious celebrities rather than people of substance whose lives don’t bring in high ratings numbers.

    I wouldn’t see the point of trying to make somebody famous if they didn’t want to be.


  2. Anonymous June 30, 2007 at 3:09 pm #

    Well said. I think most heroes aren’t interested in the quick sound bites the media are after for their modern ten second heroes. If they don’t give what the fame sellers want, the fame sellers aren’t interested.