Happy Fourth of July!
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What better way to celebrate
Freedom than to acknowledge
Celebrating Diversity and
In this first week of July, 2017
I will mention different
baseball terms and musical
references, but this post is a
Major League “local connection.”
Branch Rickey, who was
Coach and Teacher
at OWU, in the “Autumn
of his Years” and
ending his fine lifetime
of achievements here.
Branch Rickey pushed to include
Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn Dodgers,
“breaking the color line.”
I saw the film, “42,” which was
based on the baseball giant,
He was born on January 31, 1919.
A lifetime ago.
Yet, unfortunately, still an
ongoing source of debate,
strife and struggle.
It’s been over 70 years since Jackie
played baseball for the Major League
for the very first time on,
Jackie’s previous experience was
playing for Negro League baseball team.
I had walked past the building
named after Branch Rickey,
here on nearby OWU campus
as well as having been inside
for years. Little did I know “Branch”
was a first name of the man who
is considered the one who
You may laugh at this!
When the grand opening of the
film brought the connection to
my attention; I “saw the light.”
I was thrilled to go to old-fashioned
Strand Theatre to watch the film.
Family members of both Jackie
and Branch came from afar,
to show support and embrace
this noteworthy film.
The review may be found on my
blog with my “first impressions,”
if you look at tags on the right side
of my “full view” page on blog.
Here are some special free tickets
everyone who attended movie received:
~ & ~
What did I see in
“an exhibit of memorabilia and art?”
Here are just a few examples and you
may see copies or originals in
traveling exhibits, museums,
special famous baseball locations
around the country, Brooklyn, NY.
or at the John F.Kennedy
~ baseball cards, I liked the Bond
Bread major league cards best.
~ replica of his #42 jersey.
~ signed baseball by Jackie.
~ Summer of 1955, World Series banner.
~ antique baseball programs.
Copy of special letter exchange between
Jackie R. and Senator JFK, Jr.
JFK, Jr initiated the typed letter
exchange by writing to Jackie.
It was to wish him well, glad
to have met him (dated July 1, 1960).
He explained some of what he stood
for, in respects to running for
President and upcoming convention.
Jackie replied (July 6, 1960) by humbly
giving then Senator Kennedy
a piece of sound advice.
He suggested how to show his sincerity
when he looks at each person
as he speaks to them,
“You must be able to look them squarely
in the eye.”
He even expressed concern when
JFK spoke with him, he did not do
this simple act of acceptance to him.
Jackie concluded his letter to say
some may feel he should not
be part of the movement
since he had already
benefitted from the
ability to have his
position on the team.
He said, “. . .until the most
underprivileged has it made,
none of us can rest.”
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This was a truly memorable
experience to have seen both
families in public, their choice to
visit my small town and share their lives.
I am up at Lake Erie with my Mom,
hanging out with Randy and
going to the parade, along
with sharing a picnic.
Consider a dramatist, screenwriter
and playwright’s words:
“For every man who lives without
Freedom the rest of us must
face the guilt.”
Let freedom ring!
Those around the world,
Have a wonderful weekend.