“Jackie Robinson once threw a ball at me”

My mom just told me this about five minutes before Mariano blew the game. I’m not sure which circumstance is less likely, Mo giving up a three-run homer to Marco Scutaro, or my mom being the target of a Jackie Robinson-thrown baseball. It’s close.

Actually, Jackie Robinson didn’t throw a ball at my mom. It turns out that she meant they played catch. The back story is not that interesting really. Basically, my mom’s dad was a Broadway producer (he was involved with a few big shows such as A Raisin in the Sun) and he knew people who knew people who knew Rachel and Jackie Robinson, specifically people who had helped the Robinsons move to Stamford Connecticut (Their move had been contested by some racists there). Anyway, my mom and her parents went to a lunch party in Stamford and the Robinsons were among the guests. My mom was eight at the time and there were a few other kids her age at the get together. Right before the lunch, Mr. Robinson went out to where the kids were playing with a ball on the lawn. He had them form a semi-circle around him and then one-at-a-time he softly tossed a tennis ball to each of the kids.

My mom played catch with Jackie Robinson. If you knew her, you’d understand how ridiculous that statement is.

8 comments… add one
  • That’s amazing. Great story, Nick.
    You don’t have a Frazee in the family, do you?!

    SF April 15, 2007, 8:23 pm
  • No Frazee in the family. Is that first name?

    Nick-YF April 15, 2007, 8:52 pm
  • Yes, great story. Makes my heart glad.

    attackgerbil April 15, 2007, 9:10 pm
  • Frazee, as in Harry Frazee, the Broadway producer who sold the Babe to the Yanks…

    SF April 15, 2007, 9:20 pm
  • Watching ESPN’s Dodgers game.
    I want to kick Jon Miller’s face in every time he opens his mouth.

    Kazz April 15, 2007, 9:36 pm
  • Man, I’m a fraud of a Yankees fan for not recognizing the reference.

    Nick-YF April 15, 2007, 9:37 pm
  • That is a cool story, Nick.
    The best one in my family is that my great-grandfather build the wood stairs in the elbow of the Statue of Liberty. I’m sure they’re gone now, but it’s a fun piece of family trivia to share.
    My buddy likes to tell how he sold a 1956 Stratocaster to Dickie Betts through a consignment shop.
    Sorry. I’m straying too far from the original point.
    That’s a really cool story, Nick.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 15, 2007, 9:47 pm
  • Didn’t Mo also get off to a slow start in 2005 (aka the Kevin Brown era)?
    Of course he was doing great this year until yesterday, even though he didn’t have a save.

    john April 16, 2007, 10:43 am

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