Happy Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson is too big for any one city or state to claim.  He was born in the South, trained in the Arm Forces in the Southwest, played a year in the Negro League in the Midwest, and his big League home was Brooklyn.  But he grew up in Pasadena, California.   Here is a picture when he was on the Pasadena Junior College Bulldogs team.  

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Jackie exceeded in all sports.  Here he is playing baskeball for the Pasadena Junior College.

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At UCLA

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Jackie and Rachel at an UCLA Homecoming in 1951.

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Happy Jackie Robinson Day everyone!    I am heading to the stadium in my Jackie Robinson jersey and my Brooklyn Dodger hat.  Still sleepy from getting home at 2:30 this morning after that loooong game last night.  Hopefully Kuroda-san and the players will play well for Jackie!

 



A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jack Roosevelt Robinson.


10 Comments

Happy Jackie Robinson Day! How fun, you went to the game last night and tonight, both extra innings! Must’ve been exciting! Hope you had a great time! :)
Kirsten
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And Happy Jackie Robinson Day to you as well! I’m sure this holds a special place in your heart because Jackie was a dodger ;). I thank him for being so brave and strong. Seeing all those 42s made me happy.

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Kirsten!
I was at Dodgers Stadium passed midnight and then back the same day for Jackie Robinson Day. I could not miss that day. The ceremony was great with Vin narrating and speeches from Don Newcombe and Kareem.
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Mimi,
Yes, he does have a special place in my heart. I, like many Dodger fans, was dressed in my #42 Dodger jersey. It was wonderful seeing everyone wearing #42, from the players, the umpires and the fans.

Thanks for the updates. Honestly I don’t know much of Jackie Robinson, not until you give us some facts and profile check about his life and sport he has participated. I wonder if Brandon Knight is skillful player like Robinson is. Imagine Jackie played basketball and baseball, what a remarkable contribution in the world of sports. Happy Jackie Robinson Day everyone!

A belated Happy Jackie Robinson Day, Emma! Btw, I can’t get over how beautiful Rachel Robinson is. She seems to get more elegant and stunning as she ages. She’s quite the role model herself.

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thonyc,
Thank you for telling me about Brandon Knight. Just checked the link you sent. And I love Jackie’s picture there! In addition to Basketball and Baseball, Jackie played football and track.
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Jane,
She sure is a beautiful woman and you are right, she gets more elegant and stunning. I saw the celebration with her at Yankee Stadium.

Emma,
Got to tell you, the more I read about Jackie Robinson and hsi time before and after baseball, the more he becomes an inspiration as a player and a man.
Always knew he was a military veteran and college educated, but some of the stress and strife he went through I would not wish on my worst enemy.
But he did it with courage, charm and a hint of determination that made him go from a odd sight to a pleasant sight all in a matter of years.
Doesn’t matter your race, religion or even your social place….Jackie Robinson should be every young ballplayer idol….

Rays Renegade

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I love all the Jackie Robinson tributes around the nation and around baseball. I wish I lived in your part of the country so I could go and see a game at Jackie Robinson Stadium. That would be awesome and very historic. Always love the baseball history.

Runningwolf,
I recorded the tribute to Jackie at Dodger Stadium. It is done by Vin Scully but It is too big for youtube and I have not split it. Once I have it, I’ll put it here.

I have seen that tribute. I’m just envious of you for living close enough to a stadium named in his memory where you can see quality baseball. I like to know the roots of players and where they came from before they made it big. Like Hank Aaron’s childhood home now being opened. It’s wonderful they have a tribute to Robinson at UCLA.

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