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#42 September 11, 2022

Posted by judylobo in Zoo.
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 True story. I was at a Brooklyn Dodgers game at Ebbets Field with my father sometime in the ‘50s. We were in the parking lot going to our car when we met Jackie Robinson, chatted and then got his autograph. He seemed to me the tallest person I had ever seen and as it turns out…one of the nicest. The Jackie Robinson Museum opened last week and what a thrill it was to visit. There’s a whole lot to know  about this amazing man. He was a family man, an activist for social justice, an incredible ball player and soldier. In a ceremony before the April 15, 1997, game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, the baseball commissioner declared that No. 42 – Robinson’s number with the Brooklyn Dodgers – would be permanently retired throughout Major League Baseball. It was also fun to speak to the other visitors about our experiences as Brooklyn Dodger fans (both old and young). Please visit – you will not be disappointed (even if you are a Yankees fan). Speaking of fun –  after a two year hiatus, the Central Park Zoo is happy to bring back our photo classes. This time we feature my favorite – PUMPKINS! It is being held on Sunday October 23rd and you can sign up here. See you there!

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1. Irina - September 11, 2022

Nice tribute and story. My mother always said we had to be Brooklyn Dodger fans but I insisted on being a Yankee fan. lol

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judylobo - September 11, 2022

Your mother was correct. LOL

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2. joel dowshen - September 11, 2022

Say Hey! Deserving….

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3. Mary Radice - September 11, 2022

Nice tribute indeed…..thanks Judy! My ex-brother-in-law was in the Dodger’s farm team and almost make it. And as an aside, did you happen to hear why Cinderella was so bad at baseball? Yep….it seems she had a pumpkin for a coach.

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judylobo - September 11, 2022

Cool story about your brother-in-law.

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4. Joe Badalamente - September 11, 2022

So cool, Judy. Hard to imagine what he endured. Thanks for sharing

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