Jackie Robinson Day – #42

 Above anything else, I hate to lose.Jackie Robinson

jackie-robinson-42Every year on April 15th Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, and all players throughout the league wear the number 42, the number Jackie Robinson made famous while becoming the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Dodgers celebrate after tyng for Pennant by beating the Phillies 9-8 in 14 innings, October 1, 1951.

This year, the MLB and the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be doing something more to celebrate the day. The Dodgers will host the Seattle Mariners in the 2015 Civil Rights Game on Jackie Robinson Day. This is the first time that baseball’s tribute to civil rights will be held in conjunction with its annual commemoration of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947.

The Civil Rights Game was developed by MLB to pay tribute to the spirit of the civil rights movement and to honor those who embodied the struggle for equal rights for all Americans.

T960566_06Jackie Robinson endured much hatred and harassment during his career: most notably by the Philadelphia Phillies and their manager, Ben Chapman. During one infamous game, Chapman and his team shouted derogatory terms at Robinson from their dugout. In addition, many players on opposing teams threatened not to play against the Dodgers. Even his own teammates threatened to sit out. But Dodgers manager Leo Durocher informed these players that he would sooner trade them than Robinson. His loyalty to the player set the tone for the rest of Robinson’s career with the team.

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Robinson with team captain, Pee-Wee Reese, 1955.

There were others who defended Jackie Robinson’s right to play in the major leagues. Some of them included League President Ford Frick, Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler, Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg and Dodgers shortstop and team captain Pee Wee Reese. In one incident, while fans harassed Robinson from the stands, Reese walked over and put his arm around his teammate, a gesture that has become legendary in baseball history.Jackie Robinson Day Baseball Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of the Year in 1947, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.

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Play Ball!

Ninety percent of this game is half mental. — Yogi Berra

B0FC3qlCEAAITw6.png-largeApril 5, 2015 – Opening Day

Major League Baseball season will begin with opening day slated for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on Sunday, April 5.MLB-vector-logos-636x480

Cardinal Nation will be in full swing :-) as we play the Cubs with the first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m ET. All of the 28 remaining teams will open the season on April 6.Baseball Seed

 

 

Have fun, enjoy America’s pastime, and root for your home team …PLAY BALL!!!

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March 23 – Puppies Make us Happy!

Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies. — Gene Hill

national-puppy-dayHappy National Puppy Day. :-)

shutterstock_224937077cb207f22d5b0bf9_shutterstock_167067632.jpg.xxxlarge_2xThe annual holiday celebrates puppies and encourages pet adoption. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige. You can tweet photos of your puppy using the hashtag #NationalPuppyDay along with the tag @Natl_PuppyDay.

AND feel free to send us photos of your puppy or post to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seedsofhappiness.

dog1To celebrate National Puppy Day, give a puppy a hug or adopt a dog from your local shelter!

http://www.nationalpuppyday.com/

http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-puppy-day

Pink is our Favorite Color!

MSAB3_rgbOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month which is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of screening and the early detection of breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
The good news? Many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early.

Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms; the life you save may be your own or someone you love!

  • Encourage women age 40 and older to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every two years.

You can show your support in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing a product from Seeds of Happiness. We will donate 10% of the retail sale price o the American Cancer Society. for each “Think Pink” product purchased. Share the Smiles, support the cause!Save-the-Tatas-Logohttp://healthfinder.gov/NHO/OctoberToolkit.aspx                                http://makingstrides.org

Keep Smiling, Today and Everyday!

10446637_797928060247810_11334098945067110_nOctober 3, 2014 – World Smile Day

As is well known Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

Harvey also created World Smile Day because he thought that we should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts. Since that first World Smile Day®  in 1999, it continues every year in Smiley’s hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

On World Smile Day® the theme is “Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile!”. You can even make your OWN Smile posters and stickers:  http://www.worldsmileday.com/index.php/article-index/item/378-coloring-pages#

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You can download, print, and color you own personal World Smile Day® poster and stickers.

Help make EVERYDAY World Smile Day!!!World-Smile-Day

http://www.worldsmileday.com/index.php/article-index/item/373-about-world-smile-day

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/October/worldsmileday.htm