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A Small, Great Thing
2005-11-02 06:12
by Alex Belth
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"Something in my gut reacted at the moment. Something about what? The unfairness of it? The injustice of it? I don't know."
Pee Wee Reese

A statue of Pee Wee Reese with his arm around Jackie Robinson was unveiled yesterday in Brooklyn commemmorating one of baseball's most touching moments. Reese was a mensch in the truest sense of the word. Veteran baseball scribes Vic Ziegel and Ira Berkow report.

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2005-11-02 07:49:22
1.   alasky
Anyone else really intrigued by the thought of sheff playing first base, as proposed by joel sherman
2005-11-02 07:54:26
2.   Alex Belth
alasky, let's keep this thread open for any discussions of Jackie and Pee Wee. Your question is a valid one, but if you don't mind skip down to the previous post to get that conversation rolling. Thanks.

Meanwhile, did anyone see the segment on David Robinson that appeared on "Costas Now" last week? It was really stirring. I actually met David and Rachel Robinson once, when I was a post-production assistant on Ken Burns' "Baseball" documentary. I escorted Buck O'Neil around town one afternoon--a day that was one of the most memorable of my life--and we visited the Jackie Robinson Foundation. David Robinson has been living in Africa for the past 20 years as a coffee grower. Very interesting guy--if you get a chance, make a point of trying to catch the repeats of the Costas show--it was exceedingly well done.

2005-11-02 08:00:48
3.   NetShrine
I saw that David Robinson piece. When I saw all the kids that he has there, my first thought was "Get some of those boys a glove and a bat." Hey, good genes and all.......
2005-11-02 08:07:08
4.   Dimelo
I saw it on on-demand after I saw Mushnick rave about it on the Post. It was a really good piece, glad I watched it.
2005-11-02 08:07:58
5.   Rich Lederer
Thanks for sharing, Alex.

One small sign of friendship by man, one large sign of friendship for mankind.

2005-11-02 08:53:07
6.   Murray
I wish New York in general but my native Brooklyn in particular made a bigger deal about how the color line was broken here. It was a good moment for baseball. I don't know whether it could have happened anywhere else in O.B. in 1947. Veeck, self-promoter that he is, probably wouldn't have done it on his own in 1947.
2005-11-02 10:46:11
7.   Nick from Washington Heights
Man, I think it's partially because I got no sleep last night and I'm sick but when I read that Pee Wee piece on my morning commute I was close to bawling. I had to pretend that I was having trouble with my contacts so other passengers wouldn't think I was having a nervous breakdown. Beautiful stuff.

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