Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Coney Island Of My Mind #4

"This monument honors Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese: teammates, friends, and men of COURAGE and CONVICTION... Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Reese supported him, and together they MADE HISTORY... In May 1947, on Cincinnati's Crosley Field, Robinson endured RACIST TAUNTS, jeers and DEATH THREATS that would have broken the SPIRIT of a lesser man... Reese, captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers, walked over to his teammate Robinson and STOOD BY HIS SIDE, silencing the taunts of the crowd... This simple gesture CHALLENGED PREJUDICE and created a powerful and enduring friendship." -Statue inscription

Photograph by Lee Greenfeld © 2011

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