Honoring Jackie
May 01, 2018 | 2125 views | 0 0 comments | 176 176 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

There is even more to “New parkway signs celebrate Jackie Robinson” (Jen Khedaroo - April 19).

On April 15, Major League Baseball honored the 71st Anniversary of Jackie Robinson integrating the sport. It reminded me of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field and Hank Greenberg.

It was a time when working and middle-class men and woman of all ages, classes, race and religion commingled in the stands rooting for Jackie Robinson and his teammates game after game.

Just as Jackie Robinson fought racism in the 1950’s, Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers had to do the same with anti-Semitism in his time.

Robinson and Greenberg both document the long-lasting relationship between African-American and Jewish sports fans standing together for decades in support of each other.

Sincerely,

Larry Penner

Great Neck

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