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Remembering Robby (Part 3)

Major League Baseball rightfully celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every April 15, the day he broke the color barrier in 1947. I met my all-time favorite player twice –once as a teenager and then as an adult. Both moments still stay with me. HARVEY FROMMER:  When school was out, I sometimes went around

REMEMBERING “ROBBY” (Part II)

Wonderful reactions to Part I, so here as we approach “Jackie Robinson Day” in Major League Baseball is Part II. Enjoy. Growing up Years Jerry and Mallie Robinson were impoverished sharecroppers who lived in Cairo, Georgia. Jerry deserted the family six months after Jackie was born in 1919. Mallie, strong, religious, family-oriented

REMEMBERING “ROBBY” (Part I)

There will be a lot of hype and hoopla, praise and stock-taking this year of 2019 which marks, the 100thanniversary of Jack Roosevelt Robinson’s birth. April 15 is a marker day in baseball – the dramatic day he broke baseball’s color line in 1947. I have written about so many illustrious

Remembering Jackie Robinson

He was born in Cairo, Georgia on the last day of January in 1919, and died on October 24, 1972 in Stamford, Connecticut. Robinson attended UCLA, where he won letters in three sports. He was in the Army during World War II and then played briefly in the Negro Leagues when

The Shot Heard ‘Round the World

Throughout the long history of baseball there have been poignant, exciting, dramatic moments. But very few can compare to what happened on October 3, 1951 at the old Polo Grounds in New York City. Some refer to that time as "The Miracle at Coogan's Bluff." Others, especially in Brooklyn, call it

Jackie and Me Book Review

Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship appeals to me for a lot of reasons. My family used to vacation in the Catskills. My mother is still a huge fan of the old Brooklyn Dodger days and Jackie Robinson. Grossingers is a legendary name in resorts so this had the

Foreword: Rickey and Robinson

Every time baseball season starts up and April rolls around my thoughts turn back to a long time ago. That past is as real in many ways as the present. My fascination with Jackie Robinson and by extension Branch Rickey began many, many years ago. When school was out in Brooklyn in

Jackie Robinson Moments

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. He remains for me and so many others one of the most important figures in sports and American history. My newest book billed a Harvey Frommer Baseball Classic was just published.  http://www.lyonspress.com/book/9781630761578 While there were a few black players in