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Negro league baseball exhibit coming to Elmont

Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers steals home

Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers steals home in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series against the New York Yankees. (Sept. 28, 1955) Photo Credit: National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

What's left to say about the impact Jackie Robinson had on baseball, sports, culture, ways of life and American thinking that hasn't already been said?

The answer is not much, but that's OK because photos, videos and historians can tell the story of Negro League baseball far better than I can. Which is why "Pride & Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience" exhibit coming to Elmont Library promises to be interesting.

The exhibit, organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, travels the country, and from Dec. 18 through Feb. 6, 2011, it will be on display at Elmont Memorial Library.  It's a scaled-down version of the main exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

On Dec. 18 as part of a free launch event "Opening Pitch," actor Stephen Hill does a live interpretation of Robinson. It's an excerpt from the film "Jackie Robinson: My Story," the Best Picture winner at the 2010 Long Island International Film Expo.

In addition to Robinson, you'll be able to learn more about men such as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and James "Cool Papa" Bell, baseball players who accomplished things so incredible, you'll wonder what the major-league record book would look like had they integrated baseball before 1947.



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