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O'Malley (left) and Rickey (right) both had visions of how to expand baseball.  In O'Malley's case, however, purchasing a plot of land to the northwest of Downtown Los Angeles would lead to the loss of a generation of potential latino Dodger fans.

O'Malley (left) and Rickey (right) both had visions of how to expand baseball. In O'Malley's case, however, purchasing a plot of land to the northwest of Downtown Los Angeles would lead to the loss of a generation of potential latino Dodger fans.

The pressure of integration: Chapman and Robinson jointly hold a baseball bat.  Image source: galleryhip.com

The pressure of integration: Chapman and Robinson jointly hold a baseball bat. Image source: galleryhip.com

Michael Jordan in his dorm room, 1983...ok..maybe he is not a good GM/Owner..but what a baller & cultural/style icon..

Michael Jordan in his dorm room, 1983...ok..maybe he is not a good GM/Owner..but what a baller & cultural/style icon..

While not the first latin player in baseball, Valenzuela's fast rise to stardom in Los Angeles bridged the gap between the Dodgers and the Hispanic community, and eventually led to more widespread international scouting efforts.

While not the first latin player in baseball, Valenzuela's fast rise to stardom in Los Angeles bridged the gap between the Dodgers and the Hispanic community, and eventually led to more widespread international scouting efforts.

A statue of Jackie  Robinson with Pee  Wee  Reese putting his arm around him at Crosley Field stands in front of MCU Park at Coney Island in Brooklyn today as a symbol of courage and diversity in baseball.  Image source: thegrio.com

A statue of Jackie Robinson with Pee Wee Reese putting his arm around him at Crosley Field stands in front of MCU Park at Coney Island in Brooklyn today as a symbol of courage and diversity in baseball. Image source: thegrio.com

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Cincinnati Reds will retire Barry Larkin's number 11.  This will be the 10th number retired from the Reds organization.

Cincinnati Reds will retire Barry Larkin's number 11. This will be the 10th number retired from the Reds organization.

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