Jackie Robinson was my hero. Growing up in upstate New York, I sent a “Reach”(being a kid that was all I could afford) baseball to him (back in those days you could do that – for free), and asked him to sign it, never expecting to receive anything in return. What I got back was the “Reach” baseball signed by ALL the members of the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers – before they moved to California and became the Los Angeles Dodgers. I still have the ball and it will be handed down to one of my Sons. I only wish I had kept the wrapper it was mailed in! Jackie Robinson, in case you were unaware, broke the “Color Barrier” in baseball. Before doing so he was a star Football player at UCLA. He was also a great baseball (admittedly his worst of the 4), basketball and track star. In 1947 he was called upon by Branch Rickey, the Dodger President and General Manager, to be the Dodger’s first baseman (Eddie Stanky being the every-day second baseman) and thus, broke the “Color Barrier” which existed in baseball at the time. Jackie not only did that, but went on to become one of the greatest players of all time, winning the “Rookie of the Year” award in 1947 and the National League “MVP Award” in 1949. For his influence to the sport of baseball, not to mention his greatness, he was inducted into the “Baseball Hall Of Fame” in 1962. He died in October of 1972. Jackie Robinson was SPECIAL!