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Dodgers with Presidential Names

Happy Presidents Day!

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This was fun looking up all the Dodger players who have “Presidential” names.  In the list, there are three Hall of Famers.
Gary Carter

Gary Carter

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Jackie Roosevelt Robinson

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Hack Wilson.

Here the complete list:

Adams, Terry  2000-01

Carter, Gary  1991

Carter, Lance  2006

Ford, Hod  1925

Grant, Jim  1968

Jackson, Edwin  2003-05

Jackson, Randy  1956-58

Johnson, Brian  2001

Johnson, Charles  1998

Johnson, Jason  2008

Johnson, Lou  1965-67

Johnson, Reed  2010

Johnson, Fred Ivy  1924

Johnson, Jimmy  1916-25

Kennedy, Adam  2012

Kennedy, Bob  1957

Kennedy, Brick Yard  1892-1901

Kennedy, John  1965-66

Nixon, Al  1915-16,18

Nixon, Otis  1997

Jackie Roosevelt Robinson  1947-1956

Theodore Roosevelt Lilly  2010-13

Taylor, Danny  1932-36

Taylor, Harry  1946-48

Taylor, Zack  1920-25, 35

Washington, Ron  1977

Wilson, Eddie  1936-37

Wilson, Hack  1932-34

Wilson, Robert  1958

Wilson, Steve  1991-93

Wilson, Tex  1924

Wilson, Tom  2004

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What’s My Line Jackie Robinson

It was 42 years ago today, October 24, 2014, that Jackie Robinson passed away.

Jackie Robinson was honored in a ceremony during the 1972 World Series. Two weeks later, on October 24, 1972, the legendary ball player died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut from a second heart attack.

Three days after Robinson’s death, Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a stirring eulogy to friends and family members who had gathered at the Cypress Hill Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Today we must balance the tears of sorrow with the tears of joy. Mix the bitter with the sweet in death and life.Jackie as a figure in history was a rock in the water, creating concentric circles and ripples of new possibility. He was medicine. He was immunized by God from catching the diseases that he fought. The Lord’s arms of protection enabled him to go through dangers seen and unseen, and he had the capacity to wear glory with grace.Jackie’s body was a temple of God. An instrument of peace. We would watch him disappear into nothingness and stand back as spectators, and watch the suffering from afar.The mercy of God intercepted this process Tuesday and permitted him to steal away home, where referees are out of place, and only the supreme judge of the universe speaks.
Jackie Robinson Eulogy by Reverend Jesse Jackson

Here is a youtube video from the show “What’s My Line:

Thank you Mr. Jackie Robinson!

Lore and I at the Jackie Robinson statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium for 2014

Initiated for the first time on April 15, 2004, Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated each year on that day.  In 2004, The Dodgers were playing in San Diego. but starting in 2005, the Dodgers have been celebrating Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.   That tradition has been broken as the Dodgers will be in San Francisco on April 15, 2014.

I had taken it for granted that the Dodgers would always play at Dodger Stadium on April 15.  Needless to say I am disappointed at the people who create the schedule and at the Dodgers that they did not push for this day to always be played at Dodger Stadium.

Just like many other Dodger fans, we will miss celebrating at Dodger Stadium.   On that day, through Dodger Stadium, you could see fans sporting their Jackie Robison jerseys or t-shirts.  One year I spotted the guy below wearing a Pasadena College jersey with Jackie’s number in the back.   I also spotted a similar jersey from UCLA

Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium

We are very proud that Jackie Robinson went to Pasadena College and that he went to UCLA.   Also that he broke the color barrier wearing a Brooklyn Dodger uniform.

 

I will wear my Jackie Robinson jersey at work since I won’t be going to San Francisco.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Object.  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/photo-challenge-object/  From the link:

In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot — like my husband’s juggling ball above, snapped on a beach on the north shore of Kauai. Or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.

This week, in a post created specifically for this challenge, share a photo of one object.

On this day January 31, my object photo inspiration is this nine foot tall bust of Jackie Robinson outside the Pasadena City Hall.

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Jackie Robinson would have been 95 today.  Someone asked me why on the Eve of Superbowl, why I am wearing a Dodger baseball jersey.  I told this person I am commemorating the birthday of Jackie Robinson, a hero and an inspiration to us all.   Jackie Robinson paved the way for a change in American society that has continued since his debut at Ebbett’s Field on April 15th 1947.

Happy Birthday Jackie!

“42” Movie Review

I have been so busy that I have not updated  my blog in a long time.  I had part of this short review of  the movie “42” in draft so I finally had a chance to finish it

A group of us (Lorena, Amanda Rosie, Josie, Elisa, my brother Vic and I) went to see the movie “42” on Saturday April 13.    We went to a theater in Pasadena .  I loved the movie but I was left with “is that the end?”   It could have been longer as far as I was concern.  It was too short.

Harrison Ford does an excellent job of portraying Branch Rickey.   Ben Chapman got under my skin so he was doing his part acting.  Chadwick Boseman portrays a quiet dignity like his character, Jackie while at the same time showing that he is controlling his anger.    Nicole Behaire was delightful as Rachel Robinson.  Boseman and Behaire played a cute on-screen couple.

If the movie makes you read more about this era, about  Jackie Robinson who died so young, about Baseball pioneer, Branch Rickey then is doing its job.    I for one, pulled two books I had purchased from libraries that were marked “discarded”  They are “Opening Day the story of Jackie Robinson first season”

and “The Story of Branch Rickey”

Another book is

from Branch Rickey’s Little Blue Book:

Luck Is the Residue of Design – Branch Rickey.

I took my brother to see the plaque in front where Jackie Robinson’s mom moved with her kids in Pasadena.  The house is no longer there but there is a plaque there.

I also took my brother to see the sculptures in front of the Pasadena City Hall of Jackie and his brother.

Jackie Robinson sculpture in front of the Pasadena City Hall.   You can see Mack Robinson sculpture in the picture too.  Mack is facing the City Hall, while Jackie is facing Brooklyn.

I hope that you too went out to the library or bookstore to read more about Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and about this era in Baseball history.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change “42”

I was looking at my pictures for inspiration to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge:  Change.  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/weekly-photo-challenge-change/  When I saw a photo of Jackie  Robinson, I said Yes!  what better picture for me to represent Change than Jackie Robinson

This picture where Jackie Robinson is agreeing to the terms of then Brooklyn Dodgers president and general Manager Branch Rickey signifies not only a change in Baseball but a change in America.  

Branch Rickey had a long conversation with Jackie wanting to know if he would be able to take the racial abuse he was sure to be subjected to without fighting back. “Are you looking for a Negro who is afraid to fight back?” Jackie asked.  Rickey replied that he was looking for someone “with guts enough not to fight back.” Jackie agreed and Rickey signed him to a contract for $600 a month.

“There’s not an American in this country free until every one of us is free.” -Jackie Robinson

After his baseball career ended Robinson continued to work as a civil rights activist working tirelessly for equality. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   said that Jackie was “a legend and a symbol in his own time”, and that he “challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration.” (Dr. King was still a college student when Jackie took the field on April 15, 1947).

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” -Jackie Robinson

 

Movie 42. Play 42 Baseball

As I was looking for a hotel at Camelback Ranch I saw this

https://www.marriottrewards42.com/

You Could Win a Trip to LA for the 42 Premiere Screening!

And step up to the plate every day for a chance to win tickets to 42!

Each swing of the bat gives you one or more chances to see 42: The True Story of an American Legend. Each day, we’ll give away a pair of movie tickets, and one lucky player will win the grand prize—a trip to L.A. for the premiere screening! Click below to connect to Facebook and get started!Play ball!

naturally I entered the contest.

Afterwards I saw the preview of the movie.

Man! I am going to need some kleenex when I go see the movie!

We can never thank Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey enough.

Go Dodgers!  Heading to Camelback Ranch this weekend.