Last night I fell asleep watching a movie about Adolf Hitler on my laptop computer. It’s not like I don’t get my fill of World War II documentaries on the Military History channel. But this one was a little different. It was an English propaganda film made in 1940 using a combination of documentary footage and recreated scenes. I can’t remember when I nodded off, but a few hours later I awoke to a familiar sound – the crack of a bat striking a baseball.
The Jackie Robinson Story was halfway through when I regained consciousness. It has been years since I have seen that movie but I am a sucker for any baseball or aviation movie. We all know the story of how Robinson created such a stir upon his arrival in the major leagues. His base-running exploits shook up the National League.
Dee Gordon reminds me a little of Jackie Robinson in the way he runs the bases. He has an explosive style that seems a little different from the way other speedsters on the Dodgers run. I hope he can remind us of the Dodger great with his bat too.
Click on the image above to watch The Jackie Robinson Story on Hulu. It was made in 1950 and stars Jackie Robinson playing himself.
This Day in Dodgers History
August 10, 1995 – The first forfeit in the majors in sixteen years occurs when the fans for the third time during the night throw promotional souvenir baseballs onto the Dodger Stadium field. At the time of the decision to halt the game, Los Angeles is trailing the Cardinals, 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth.