When my brother and I were kids, we couldn’t get enough baseball. We were Brooklyn Kids, and Ebbets Field was where we were during baseball season. Ebbets Field was a Major League park in the Flatbush section of New York. It took up an entire city block, and it was home of the Brooklyn Dodgers — what a team.
My brother and I cleaned up gum wrappers, and I mean we went crazy doing it, because if you had ex-number of gum wrappers, you got to see a game for free. We got enough wrappers for tickets for ourselves, and then we made a little money on the side by selling the rest.
Here is the thing: When Jackie Robinson played, it was beautiful. He was a great player. Roy Campanella? We loved those guys. The game was about baseball, about the perfect swing that makes a sound only a home run makes.
The merit system was on our minds. It was on a lot of American’s minds. Black, brown, white, who cares? Racism is inflicted by morons.
We do what we were told when we were kids: Be smart, work well with other people, behave. Don’t mouth off. (Too much.) The merit system works in sports, it works in business, and it could work in government.