Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

A center made of cork and rubber, a thick layer of thin cotton and/or wool yarn wound around that, and finally, two pieces of cowhide held together by 108 stitches of waxed red thread – that’s what a baseball is made of. Baseballs used in the major leagues average just 5 to 7 pitches. In a playground or on the street, baseballs last considerably longer, but face ongoing threat from sewers, dogs, and bullies.

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2 greats

Next to Keyspan Park, the Cyclones’ stadium, there’s a statue of PeeWee Reese and Jackie Robinson. In 1947, Jackie Robinson was the first black player to join a major league baseball team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Story goes that teammate Reese put his arm around Robinson’s shoulder when an opposing team taunted him. Unlike some of their teammates, Reese remained supportive of Robinson during their time together as Dodgers.

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