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Decision To Sign Jackie Robinson Has Catholic Ties

On Page 108 of Diocese of Immigrants: The Brooklyn Catholic Experience, 1853-2003, an interesting fact is revealed about Jackie Robinson’s breaking of baseball’s color barrier in 1947, explored in the new movie “42.” Msgr. Raymond Campion, then the pastor of St. Peter Claver parish, Bedford-Stuyvesant, is said to have influenced Brooklyn Dodgers’ owner Branch Rickey […]

Members of the Bishop Ford baseball teams (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Bishop Ford Baseball Teams See ‘42’

More than 200 local youth baseball players, including members of the Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope, varsity and junior varsity baseball teams enjoyed a private screening of the new movie “42” April 13 at Regal Cinemas in Sheepshead Bay. April 15 marked the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

New Jackie Robinson Movie Hits Theaters

The new Jackie Robinson movie, 42: The True Story of an American Legend, opened April 12. The film chronicles the Brooklyn Dodgers’ star as he broke baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947. Robinson faced intense adversity at a time when racial segregation was the norm. Yet his teammates stuck by him as he paved […]

The famous handshake

Faith Inspires ‘Shotgun’ Shuba’s Baseball Dream

The name “George Shuba” likely rings a bell for many Brooklyn Dodgers’ fans. Back in the glory days of baseball at Ebbets Field, Shuba and “Dem Bums” captivated the borough of Kings. These days, “Shotgun” Shuba, now 87, can still recall the memories of his baseball career. Through it all, he’s relied on his Catholic […]