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Monday, April 15, 2013

Olbermann: Meet THE Kid In THE Jackie Robinson Photo (Which Was Staged)

Dweck as in wreck-ed a story. But oh, what a story!


Having clarified history’s erroneous conflation of Robinson’s first game in a major league uniform in a major league stadium (April 11, when the photo was taken, when Robinson went hitless but drove in three runs, one on a fielder’s choice and two on sacrifice flies) and his first official Major League Game (April 15), what was that part again about the photo – a photo which nearly all the rest of us look at as we might look at an image of Abraham Lincoln in a crowd or at least Babe Ruth – what was that about it being staged?

“Staged,” he said again, and matter-of-factly. “We had maybe bleacher seats, the cheapest seats, and we trying to get to the Dodger dugout just like we tried to get to the Dodger dugout every game we went to. But there were a hundred photographers taking pictures of him. This was a momentous day. So they told the ushers ‘let these kids come down, and lean over like you’re trying to get his autograph.’ And that’s how we got down there. It was a matter of a few minutes, five minutes, ten minutes as I remember. Then we had to scatter.”

So this was a kind of benign news management, as opposed to news manufacturing. There were kids trying to get to the Dodger dugout, they were hoping to get Jackie Robinson’s autograph, and the photographers simply reduced to zero the chances against them getting to their destination. “With me, it looks like he’s looking at me, that’s the interesting part. Maybe I had a long hand or something!” I asked Eddie if he ever got the autograph. “No. It looks like he’s signing something, but I don’t think anybody got an autograph, not while I was there.” But he got something better. “That picture was in The Brooklyn Eagle, and from The Brooklyn Eagle it was in Sport Magazine, and then it was in one of Jackie Robinson’s books. But, man, I was in The Brooklyn Eagle!“

Repoz Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:25 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Charles S. storms out of Wrigley before walk-off Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:10 AM (#4414367)
What a great story. Imagine kids today wearing a tie to the ballpark.
   2. Russ Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM (#4414433)
Awesome article.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM (#4414494)
What I also like is the casual way that Dweck mentions that he skipped school after the first two classes to see the game. Yet another reason to lament the demise of daytime baseball.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM (#4414509)
Jackie Robinson should have these staged kids taken away from him.

But seriously, cool story.
   5. deputydrew Posted: April 15, 2013 at 01:04 PM (#4414534)
Great article. Well worth a read.

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