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Jackie Robinson and I go way way back To the spring of nineteen forty-six A Montreal ballpark on an April afternoon The day the world was transfixed The color barrier that existed in baseball Was about to come crashing down After many decades of ugly discrimination Jackie would become renowned It would take a special kind of individual To withstand all the slurs and abuse Young Jackie knew what he'd have to endure But it was not his nature to refuse Having a strong and tenacious personality Not known for giving up a fight Jackie settled in for a long tough struggle On which he had long set his sights It's a time in history I'll always hold dear That momentous day back then Forever after ingrained in my psyche I witnessed this champion of men! My Dad and I were late arriving at the ballpark. When we arrived, it was the bottom of the first. As we entered from the passageway to the left field bleachers, the crowd was cheering wildly! I looked to my right and believe it or not Jackie Robinson was stealing home!!! This image is ingrained in my memory!

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Date: 10/8/2018 12:32:00 PM
Before my time but what a great experience for you Jack. Hope alls well, back from.my travels, for the moment. Tom
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Jack Ellison
Date: 10/8/2018 4:44:00 PM
Ah, the world traveler has returned... welcome my good friend!
Date: 10/8/2018 11:47:00 AM
Oh such a wonderful poem and story Jack! Buckets of love your way <3 xomo!
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Jack Ellison
Date: 10/8/2018 4:43:00 PM
He was my absolute hero! Thanks, sweetie!!! Love, Happy Jack XOX
Date: 10/8/2018 7:21:00 AM
What a fantastic memory!
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Jack Ellison
Date: 10/8/2018 7:34:00 AM
The day the world changed forever and I was there!!! Ingrained in my memory forever!!! Love and huggsies, Happy Jack XOX