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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A Smile for Every Dad on his Day!

Father’s Day: Sunday, June 15, 2014

What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Hmmmmm? The traditional tie doesn’t really work anymore with our increasingly casual society. But a Smile…yeah! As Mark Borella, aka The Seeds of Happiness Guy always says: “You can’t go wrong with a Smile.”

* Maybe he is a baseball fan: How about a Big Baseball Seed of Happiness?Baseball Seed

* He can always use a baseball cap, and we guarantee that when he opens this gift he will be smiling! (p.s. AND they are on sale right now; 20% off!)

All the cool dads are wearing them!

All the cool dads are wearing them!

* Your dad can start his day with a Smile in his coffee mug.
MUG* Or, we have two different sizes of tumblers to hold his hot AND cold beverages.CUPS
So, there are lots of fun choices for your dad…let the shopping begin!

Smile, It’s Babe Ruth Day!

1933-Goudey-Babe-Ruth-149-243x300“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” —Babe Ruth

babe-ruthApril 27 honors one of baseball’s greatest players ever. On this day in 1947, “The Bambino” returned to “The House that Ruth Built” to be honored. He attended Yankee Stadium for Babe Ruth Day.

babe-ruth_04563sBatting average: .342
Home runs: 714
Hits: 2,873
RBI: 2,213
Pitching W/L record: 94-46
ERA: 2.28550912_t607

babe“Baseball was, is, and always will be, to me the greatest game in the world”    —Babe Ruth

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Baseball Smiles!

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Tina is a SUPER fan!

Cardinal’s Home Opener! 

April 7, 2014, 3:15 p.m. CDT, Busch Stadium

mlb-logoOpening day in baseball may not be a National Holiday, much to the dismay of Ozzie Smith, but here in Saint Louis, it is game ON! MLB_Background_LogosCardinal Nation is in full swing today with our home opener against the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball truly is America’s pastime, so root for your home team and enjoy…PLAY BALL!!!

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Seeds of Happiness are born in St. Louis and we DO love our Cards!

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