Terrific look back at Dave Nelson…(save the Bobby “Challenge The Yankees/Strat-O-Matic Killing” Richardson jazz of course).
Sunday is Jackie Robinson Day in baseball. It is a day for Major League Baseball to celebrate the legacy of the Dodgers infielder who broke the sport’s color barrier. It is a day to remember Robinson’s tremendous spirit and what he accomplished in the game.
Forty years ago, the Rangers had an infielder who embodied that spirit. Obviously Nelson wasn’t as good as Robinson—who was?—but he played the game the same way because that was the way he was taught.
“One of the nicest compliments I ever received was something Billy Martin, my manager, said in an article,” Nelson said. “It was in the Pompano Beach newspaper in Spring Training. He said, ‘Dave Nelson reminds me of Jackie Robinson with the way he plays the game ... his pride and determination, the way he runs the bases, he reminds me of Jackie.’ That made me feel so good.
“I remember my dad telling me about Jackie. He was my inspiration. I was a second baseman and I wanted to play the game like him. Two players I idolized were Jackie Robinson and Bobby Richardson, who was with the Yankees. Bobby Richardson was a second baseman like Jackie. He wasn’t as good as Jackie, but he played the game right, gave himself up to get runners over, did all the little things, played defense, did all of those things.
Posted: April 13, 2012 at 07:24 PM | 8 comment(s)
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