Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Remembering Jackie Robinson

Today is October 15th and on this day back in 1972, Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the second game of the World Series commemorating the twentyfifth anniversary of his becoming the first African-American to play in modern Major League Baseball. I actually remember watching that! His Major League career began way back on April 15th of 1947, when played in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. (And no, I don't remember that - wasn't born yet thank you very much)!

But since I am mentioning Robinson (a favorite of my mom), let me ask if any of you know what he did after baseball. Well, among other things, he spent eight years as vice president for personnel at Chock Full O' Nuts. He was also active with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

He did a lot of personal appearances too and, as mentioned above, even in retirement, he stayed connected to baseball (like trowing out the first pitch 36 years ago).

God bless Jackie Robinson.

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