Happy birthday, Jackie and Happy Trails, John
Today would be the 90th birthday of Jackie Robinson and we stopped to celebrate this great day today with the second annual celebration at Dodger Stadium on the eve of Black History Month. Nearly 100 local youngsters came to the ballpark and heard first-hand stories from Jackie’s old teammates and friends to ensure that his story lives on forever.
While we’re fortunate enough to have people like Don Newcombe, Tommy Davis, and Sweet Lou Johnson, among others, who can tell today’s kids what life was like for them back during the Civil Rights movement (and before it), we know that won’t always be the case so making sure that these kids hear it first-hand ensures that they can tell their grandkids that they heard it straight from those who experienced it…
Meanwhile, this evening at Dodger Stadium, we’re hosting a retirement party for the AP’s John Nadel. As Jerry Crowe of the LA Times wrote earlier this week, John is one of the few newspaper people who have left on their own terms of late, as that industry continues to take hit after hit. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard anyone say a bad word about John, who has covered our team for several decades. He’s always been far more concerned with getting the story right rather than getting it first, and he’s been a class act in every way. We’ll miss having him around the stadium next year. Congrats, John!