Ok I will admit it: I like history. Not only do I enjoy learning about historical people, places and events, but I also love to visit the places where they occurred. No matter if it is an event as monumental as the D-Day invasion, where I’ve had the opportunity to stand on Omaha beach at 0630 on a subsequent 6 June; or something as insignificant as sleeping in a Conestoga wagon on Laura Engle’s ranch in South Dakota: I truly appreciate the historical importance of such experiences.
This weekend I was able to tie three different historical – sporting – events into one. Through a good friend of mine, I was able to get tickets to the home opener (one event) for the newly minted Cleveland Guardians (second event). Due to the baseball lockout which pushed back the opening of the season, this year’s opening day for Cleveland coincided with Jackie Robinson Day (event three).
This April 15th game signified the 75th year that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball; many would argue he broke the color barrier in all of sports on this day. Heather and I shared what knowledge we had about Jackie Robinson with both Rachel and Sydney as we stood in line to enter the stadium. What I learned was Heather, who could typically be described as a sport agnostic, knew a lot more than I did regarding Jackie and his life (I didn’t know he had been a Lieutenant in the Army). I set out to rectify my lack of Jackie Robinson knowledge and thought I’d share with you just a bit from what I found: https://newsroom.ucla.edu/
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