January 15, 2001
Seven score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand developed the game of baseball. This momentous game came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of sports fans who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred fifty years later, we must face the tragic fact that the baseball fan is still not free.