Poetry and Baseball

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Mon, 05/30/2022 - 9:00am to 10:00am

For one day this season, every player wore number 42, Jackie Robinson’s number, to celebrate 75 years of major league desegregation. Matt Witt’s poem about his meeting as a seven-year-old with Roy Campanella, Robinson’s teammate and another great Black player, reminds us of the racial history beneath starry-eyed fandom.

Photo of the poet at age seven with ball player Roy Campanella

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