PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Major League Baseball is celebrating Jackie Robinson month but, 68 years after he broke the race barrier, members of his old high school team say they need help.
The Mustangs have got the heart even though they don’t have the wins. The John Muir High School team has lost every baseball game this season.READ MORE: Ed Sheeran Tests Positive For COVID-19, Cancels In-Person Appearances
“It’s not fun losing 25-0,” varsity team captain Bryan Barrios said. “The worst I’ve ever lost here at John Muir is 39-0.”
But 42 is a number does bring this team pride – it’s the jersey number worn by former team member Jackie Robinson.
The school even has a museum to honor the former student who went on to break the MLB baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
“We like to tell students, ‘He walked down these same hallways, sat in these same classrooms, and you can go on to greatness,'” principal Timothy Sippel said.READ MORE: 'Supercharge' Storm Expected To Bring Heavy Rainfall To Southland
It’s hard to draw inspiration from what they describe as a decrepit baseball field and lack of facilities. From the battered batting cages to the uneven and eroded playing field.
Even the locker rooms are unusable and players have to change outside.
Players say the conditions tarnish the legacy of one of the greatest baseball players in history.
“He wouldn’t play baseball, he wouldn’t. Just seeing and hearing about the things, about how horrible it is here, nope, he wouldn’t have been playing,” Barrios said. “There wouldn’t be a Jackie Robinson.”MORE NEWS: Man Fatally Shot In Unincorporated LA; Probe Underway
A Dodgers representative says they’re aware of the conditions at John Muir High School’s baseball field. They say they have no comment for now, but are working internally on the issue and should have more to say in the next few days.