April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson is a hero of mine.

Sport / ,

15 April 2010

 

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Jackie Robinson…

  • was born in Cairo, Georgia to sharecropper parents
  • plated for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbit’s Field – a stadium my dad would sometimes sneak into during his youth
  • stole home plate in front of the Yankees and the world during Game 1 of the 1955 World Series
  • has a son that farms coffee in Tanzania
  • has been a hero of mine since childhood because he reminds me of my Dad who faced imposing odds throughout his life and has become despite the cards not always lining up in his favor

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