Receiving credit when credit is due is a tricky business, especially when you’re Black. Especially in an overwhelmingly white sports media environment where cultural biases and stereotypes continue to be alive and well.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts led the franchise to its first World Series championship since 1988. Roberts became just the third manager in the Dodgers’ storied history to win a World Series. Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda were the others.
Yet over the last few seasons, Roberts, who is biracial, endured criticism from the team, from fans and from the media. Leading up to this bizarre Pandemic World Series, critics wrote that a Dodgers victory would simply be vindication and atonement for previous World Series failures.
Roberts was born in Okinawa. His mother, Eiko, is Japanese; his father, who is African American, was in the Marines for 30 years. Roberts grew up in the United States and earned a degree in history at UCLA.
A former MLB outfielder, Roberts was hired as the Dodgers’ manager in 2016. He led the team to the World Series in 2017, becoming the first manager of Asian heritage to lead a team to the World Series, and again in