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.