I started working at the College of Charleston - North Campus in late 2006. The year before I had started what I call the "Annual Pilgrimage" to Florida. This pilgrimage is a return to my home. Sunny Florida. In Spring. Back to the ball fields. A place where you can meet your heroes. In 2007, I was still new at the job. When people heard I was a baseball fan they told me about College of Charleston Communications Professor and author, Dr. Chris Lamb's, book. "Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training." I picked up a copy right before I left for Spring Exhibition games.
I read Dr. Lamb's book while I was on my trip that year. I contacted him before I left and informed him I was traveling down there and would be blogging. He answered with an encouraging word and a wish to be there with me. I carried the book with me as I walked around Dodgertown (my first trip). Even though Jackie didn't play there in his inaugural season, he was a mainstay in Dodgertown for many years to come. The book added a road map to what Jackie faced before he went to "The Show." Racism in Florida was a reality then and provided him with a glimpse of what lay ahead. His (and Rachel's) courage should never be forgotten.
If you are a fan who would like to learn more about the game than the what's in the box score, this book is for you. Check it out.
I'm an avid baseball fan. This is a very messy collection of pics and stories about the games I've attended. It is completely out of order. Hopefully, over time it will take some shape. But, since it represents me, it will probably stay a mess. Veering from one topic to another, rambling, and jumping on soap boxes.
I have included stories about the Spring Training games of the past few years, other games I've attended, and finally my new hobby of collecting baseball cards.