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?