When Jackie Robinson took to Ebbets Field on opening day for the Brooklyn Dodgers, America was changed.
Many people remember this day, and celebrate its influence on their lives. In Delaware, Ohio, we hold a singularly unique position in its history: president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, was an Ohio Wesleyan Student, Class of 1904. Together, Rickey and Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier. Next week OWU will celebrate their legacy during "Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Week" beginning January 24.
As a part of this celebration, on Thursday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m., Beehive Books has the honor of hosting a reading and book signing for Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie and Rachel Robinson. Sharon is the author of several books about her father, most recently Jackie's Gift. (Check out Sharon's website at http://www.sharonrobinsonink.com/ for a biography and list of her books, or browse our selection.) A portion of the proceeds from the signing will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation: http://www.jackierobinson.org/.
To further honor Sharon and her family, Beehive Books invites you, the community of Delaware, to submit a written remembrance of Jackie Robinson's emergence into Major League Baseball, sharing what it means to you. We welcome all contributions, whether you hold a direct memory of Jackie's career, or have witnessed his legacy. We hope to present these remembrances to Sharon & Rachel Robinson as a gift from our community.
Please join us in remembering Jackie Robinson by submitting your statement of approximately 250 words via