The Bobblehead Project: Jackie Robinson steals home

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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In this episode, we're using the Bobblehead Project to honor one of the sky-scraping heroes of the game. Jackie Robinson Day is, of course, within sliding distance (see what I did there?). And in celebration of the occasion, we're paying homage to one of Mr. Robinson's most iconic moments.

Boom (thanks as always to artist Jarod Valentin for the artistry):

What you see above -- one of the most famous plays in the sprawl of our game -- is Robinson's theft of home in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the 1955 World Series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees went on to win the opener by a score of 6-5, but Brooklyn famously took the series in a taut seven games. Here's the action-news footage ...

As you can probably guess from watching, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra insists to this day that Robinson was out. History, though, is written by the victors -- or, in this case, those who are called safe at home. The following excerpt from the New York Herald Tribune's write-up of the game shows that Robinson was none too pleased about Berra's reaction to the play ...

Here's to the towering, impossibly great Jackie Robinson. Never has a more courageous head bobbled.

Bobblehead Gallery (click on thumbnail) ...

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