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A Holiday Read… The Reason Jackie Refused Trade to Giants

On this day 59 years ago, December 13, 1956, Jackie Robinson would be traded to the hated ones from The Polo Grounds. Though many a Dodger fan, including this one, truly believe Jackie didn’t want to wear the Halloween colors, his reasons for not accepting his trade to the Giants lies here … wpid-IMG_20130502_181308.jpg Jackie Robinson_ Campy PeeWee Gil Jackie getting into the holiday spirit at Ebbet’s Field with fellow Brooklyn Dodgers teammates Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges. OK, so this pic wasn’t exactly taken on a blistery December day… Photo MLB.COM

Holiday Read For The Ballpark Traveler, The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List

picsart_12-13-04.40.12.jpg The Baseball Fan’s Bucket List. Though the book is 5 years old, it is still a must have for every baseball fan that aspires to travel to all 30 MLB parks, among other baseball related road ventures. In this book are 162 baseball themed activities, including traveling to all  30 MLB parks, of which I’ve been to 18 of the current ones. The list of 162 are merely suggestions of course, because chances are you probably have a bucket list of your own. Regardless, it’s still a great read as the author share’s his experience with his daughter. One thing i’ve done with this book as well is gathered some of my momentos and placed them in the pages where I accomplished that particular feat. As you can see, i’ve included pictures and ticket stubs, some that have been autographed. 

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Some of my moments in pictures from the baseball fans bucket list…

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Celebrating My Jackie Robinson Themed Weekend

With the release of 42, I was determined to make this past weekend a Jackie Robinson theme, meant that anything that had to do with Jackie Robinson or the movie 42 would be documented. ( I’m such a baseball geek….LOL….) . To start things off, a buddy of mine had an extra ticket to a volleyball matchup between UCLA and their crosstown rival USC.  Those of you who have read some of my past posts may know by now where my college allegiance lies.  Now why I point this out is because, as I said, anything that had to do with Jackie Robinson would be documented.  And since Jackie Robinson was a Bruin, this event goes.  FYI, UCLA ended up sweeping this best of 5 matchup.  To be honest with you i’m not much of a volleyball fan though I do watch occasionally….

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dre_joe Good times with Joe Bruin….

joebruin Joe Bruin rockin’ that Dodger cap….

On Sunday I made the trek over to Jackie Robinson Stadium for a Sunday afternoon college baseball game between the UCLA Bruins and the Loyola Marymount Lions.  Admission was free for those who came dressed in any 42 or Jackie Robinson attire.  ( Gotta love free baseball !!!! )  .  Prior to the game, a mural dedicated to Jackie was unveiled next to the Jackie Robinson statue behind the 1st base concourse….

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muralandstatue_afterdedication  And there it is.  A new mural in honor of Jackie Robinson right next to his statue…

mural The new mural by artist Mike Sullivan depicting Jackie Robinson in his days as a Bruin, as well as other logos linked to him.  Can anyone guess what the horse in the bottom represents ?

42onthirdbase Throughout the weekend Jackie Robinson’s 42 was placed between the bases

jackieviewingthegame Jackie viewing the game from up above the 1st base concourse.  What an appropriate spot to put this statue of Jackie.  LMU would end up beating the Bruins on this day 4-1….

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dre_statueandmural Honoring Jackie in his glory in both Blue and Gold and Dodger Blue….

4/15/2013

Review of 42 and Jackie Robinson Night…

OK, the review of 42.  Being the hardcore baseball fan who knows many of the game’s historical moments, I can’t really say that this movie had a strong impact on me.  That’s not to say that you should not see this.  If anything, I know the baseball fan in you will go out and see this if you haven’t already.  Word of advice to those hard-core baseball and Dodgers fans who may know too much, it would be best to bring someone who isn’t so much a hardcore baseball fan or maybe doesn’t know as much of the game’s historical facts.  If anything, you may actually appreciate the movies plot that much more . 

What I really liked about the movie was not so much Harrison Ford’s role as Branch Rickey or Chadwick Boseman’s role as Jackie Robinson, because as said earlier, being the baseball fan and Dodger fan I am, already know so much about the impact both Jackie and Branch on the game, but the way the supporting actors , particularly the players who we’re on the opposite sides of Jackie, made their roles against Jackie as authentically blatant as could be for the time period.  Particularly that of Alan Tudyk, who made  the role of Phillies manager Ben Chapman so believable that he would later admit as much that he was pained by it.  Yes, the N word is used a lot in the movie  especially by that of Alan Tudyk, in reference to what Jackie endured during the time of 1947.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention this is also a baseball movie ?  Given that fact,  in the scenes where Jackie is in Ebbets Field and the other parks of the time, particularly The Polo Grounds and Forbes Field, being the baseball geek I am, of course I was going to be looking for both accuracies and inaccuracies.  FYI, I wasn’t the only one doing this either.  And in this day and age of CGI, i’m sure many of you did the same thing to.  Especially you fellow Dodger fans out there who may have been looking for the Abe Stark ad in right field.  Yup, it’s there.  The Chesterfield Ad in Centerfield of the Polo Grounds ?  Check.  And of course, in the scenes at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field, I was looking for the famed Cathedral of Learning.  In the end… Check.  Speaking of, here’s a couple other sources where details we’re both accounted for or missed, some highlights from this Philly.com post, and another from a Pirate’s fan’s blog as well.  In the blog you will want to read the comment’s below the post.  Overall, 42 did a great job of documenting not so much  Jackie and Branch’s contributions, but covering with as much accuracy the other baseball references as well.  Both the staunch baseball fan, the casual fan, and the newbies would be really impressed with 42.

FROM THE YARD…

I didn’t really get to take any pre-game ceremony pictures .  However, I did get this clip of another former UCLA great from behind before he would take part in the pre-game ceremonies….

kareem_jimhill “Wait a minute !!!  I know you !!!  You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabar !!!”  .  Next to him is local CBS-LA Sports reporter Jim Hill.

The Dodgers would lose on this night 6-3 thanks to some missed scoring opportunities ( Haven’t we said that a lot so far this season…), but this day was all about Jackie Robinson.  The man who opened opportunities not only in baseball, and not only for African-Americans,  but other sports as well….

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dre42 Me honoring 42…

dre_mike42 With my friend Mike also honoring Jackie’s number 42…