Honoring '42' in High Point
The youngsters who take the field tomorrow to start the 15th season of the Macedonia Baseball League will honor a Hall of Fame player whose gallantry has mesmerized movie audiences in the film “42.”
The league will hold a ceremony starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to recognize Jackie Robinson, who integrated Major League Baseball 66 years ago this spring. Robinson’s heroism on and off the field has gained wide notice because of the popularity of “42,” which chronicles how he confronted fierce racism in breaking the color barrier in America’s pastime. The movie was released in theaters in mid-April to coincide with the time Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Macedonia Baseball League organizers will raise a flag, which will fly during the season, bearing the number 42, said Dell McCormick, executive director of the Macedonia Family Resource Center. The field is in Macedonia Park on Wise Avenue near the intersection with Centennial Street southeast of downtown High Point.
The 200 or so players in the league, which this year has 12 teams, also will wear honorary “42” decals on their uniforms, McCormick told The High Point Enterprise. The Macedonia League Baseball season continues through the end of July.
Organizers launched the league in part to rekindle interest in baseball in the black community. But the league has evolved into one with teams of players — ages nine through 12 — of many racial and ethnic backgrounds, a further reflection of Robinson’s legacy three generations later.
“We’re excited to introduce this type of thing to the kids. Because a lot of kids aren’t aware of Jackie’s contribution to baseball,” McCormick said.
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