Field of Dreams
On a rainy evening my wife Jeanne and I attended the movie “42,” the Jackie Robinson story that is bringing a new generation of fans to know the African-American athlete who integrated Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the spring of 1947.
The Brooklyn Dodgers’ General Manager Branch Rickey chose Jackie Robinson over other Major League-ready players and future teammates such as Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe because he wasn’t as nice or soft and would be better equipped to deal with the hate and the intolerance.
When Jackie got the offer to sign with the Dodgers, he was more excited about his pay increase than the historical implications. It was no accident that Jackie would play in Brooklyn because of the multicultural and ethnic diversity there. Jackie could not live or eat with the team because of racial tensions. He lived in Brooklyn with the Nazarene Congregational Church with the assistant Rev. Lacy Covington and his family.
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