Tag Archives: Jackie Robinson

All roads lead to Brooklyn for James Jones

By: Nick Roark James Jones grew up on the streets of Brooklyn. In fact, the Southern League All-Star grew up on the same block where Ebbets Field once stood, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the place where Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. As an African-American kid in Brooklyn, […]

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The 2013 Rickwood Classic Experience

By: Matthew Shalbrack On May 29, 2013, I stepped back into a different era in baseball history for the 18th annual Rickwood Classic between the Tennessee Smokies and Birmingham Barons. Played at historic Rickwood Field, the oldest professional baseball park in the United States, was the home park for both the Birmingham Black Barons, who […]

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Cubs’ legend Fergie Jenkins recalls his early playing career

By: Danny Will  Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins has not forgotten his baseball roots. After a 19-year Major League career that included 284 wins and 3,192 strikeouts, Jenkins still fondly remembers his time in the minors, which included a stint in the Southern League. As a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts […]

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What We’re Reading (4/16/13)

Throughout the 2013 baseball season, the Smokies on Radio staff will be rolling out all the Cubs, Smokies, and baseball news each weekday. To stay current with all the latest news, follow Smokies on Radio on Twitter and like the Smokies on Radio Facebook page. MLB Celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Monday Aj Cassavell/MLB.com Yesterday, all around the majors […]

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Remembering Jackie Robinson

It was on April 15, 1947 that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and became the first minority to play in Major League Baseball.  Robinson took Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and today, Major League Baseball recognizes April 15 as Jackie Robinson day.  Players across the Major Leagues will donne Robinson’s number 42 on […]

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