Archive for August, 2013

Three Men On a Base

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

When Charles Ebbets died in 1925, Ebbets Field remained as an emblem of his dedication to bring high-quality baseball to Brooklyn.  The play on the field, less so.

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Uncle Robbie and the Athlete Dying Young

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Wilbert Robinson managed the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1914-1931.  Gentle and genial, Robinson earned praise from The New York Times upon his departure.  But Robinson was not always gentle and genial.

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Bad Bill Dahlen

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Bill Dahlen earned his nickname “Bad Bill” because of his arguing style that had the finesse of a 300-pound ballerina.  It triggered 65 ejections for Dahlen, a figure in the Top 10 in baseball history.

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Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson changed baseball when the former signed the latter to a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team.  They broke organized baseball’s color line that was never codified but seemingly understood

Earlier this year, the movie 42 debuted.  It showed the genesis of the Robinson-Rickey relationship that began in 1945 at 215 Montague Street, the headquarters of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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