Sunday, April 14, 2013

Jackie Robinson in Hawaii

A  L  O  H  A !

Jack Roosevelt Robinson
 was born in Cairo Georgia
 in 1919.

He grew up to be
 the only professional athlete
 in any sport
whose number
 has been universally retired.

There have been many sports heros,
 but no one like
Jackie Robinson.

What is important about him
in my opinion
is not that he broke
the racial/color barrier in baseball,
but that he conducted himself
with unfailing dignity
in the face of very ugly baiting.

That instructive moral thrill
far outshines
victory on any
other scoreboard
to me.

I can't help thinking
of another beleaguered "First"
our current US President

You may have heard
that the culture of Hawaii
shaped our President
from his birth here 
in Honolulu. 

Yes. The way he
treats others, and behaves
with others
speaks volumes of 
Aloha to my knowing eye.

I like to think 
that Jackie Robinson too
drew from the lessons
and experience
of Aloha.

After being the first 
UCLA Bruin
to letter in 4 different sports,
Robinson could not get a job
in professional sports.

The NFL passed on him
(he was most well known
as a college footballer).

The only job offered the phenom
was on the
Honolulu Bears football team.
He was well paid, a local sensation,
he and also held a day job 
in construction at Pearl Harbor.
What Jackie couldn't do
was stay in a restricted
Waikiki Hotel!

Robinson was injured,
the Bears faltered,
and in that day of sea travel
he missed home.

Setting sail from Honolulu Harbor
on Dec. 5 1941
he heard about the Pearl Harbor attack
while at sea. 

small excursion craft off Honolulu

He worked at Pearl!
History might have been different
if he had been involved in the attack,
as many workers rushed to the base
during the Sunday attack to help. 
Several were injured, or killed.

The rest, as they say,
is history.
You can see the film
about Jackie Robinson
that opened this weekend.

Blessings to ALL
 who retain their Aloha
in the face of insult,
 or worse.
Blessed are YOU!.

That includes you,
Mr. President.
Just do your best. 

Thanks for visiting!  
                                Your friend, cloudia
Comment? Please!


ayala said...

Great men and a great place, Aloha !

Fireblossom said...

Oh but haven't you heard? The Repubs are the party of Lincoln! What have they done for anybody not white, male, and prosperous, in the last century and a half, you may ask? Dunno!

The last number 42, Mariano Rivera, will retire after this season, and then there will never be another one. With the help of people like Jackie Robinson, this may one day actually be "the home of the free."

DeniseinVA said...

An inspiring post indeed.

the walking man said...

One has to give credit where credit is due Robinson did his job and did it well when he wanted to beat the crap out of 50,000 people taunting him. But I do believe for sheer balls I have to give that to Harriet Tubman.

So what your saying about O is that Hawaii taught him to say one thing on the campaign trail but "aloha" allows him to just toss that out the window for the sake of pandering to the radical right?

I'd vote for him again but if there was a 2008 do over sorry I would have gone for Clinton. I think O just wants what he will never get, the end to Radical Right obstruction, and he's willing to cut my 50 years worth of work paying into the system earned and paid for benefits to get it and that my friend is a lie. just putting it back on the table is a lie.

And if it is a political ploy to use as a campaign tactic in the midterm it is despicable to put retirees on the edge of their seat.

He's set for life, he'll make 100k in speaking fees when he is no longer a professional politician but most (97%) of people on a fixed income receive less than 23k per year.

So the president can quit playing around now, grow a pair and fight for what he said he believed in. Maybe he should have grown up in Detroit or Chicago where you have to fight for everything.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I feel a little more aloha every time I visit Cloudia ..I like the feeling :)

Adam said...

I didn't know his number was retired

Anonymous said...

Wow! Weren't you a history teacher in a former life!? You definitely are in this life. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum has hosted Jackie's son and the movie actors this week in K.C. Jeepers, if Jackie hadn't taken the boat home the day before Pearl Harbor, history would have been different! Amazing! Wish Jackie was here now to help straighten up Congress. DrumMajor

Filip and Kristel said...

Is that a small cruise ship?


Brian Miller said...

jackie was the right person at the right time...having already gone through the jeering at being black...he was the right person to face the challenge of the time...and i appreciate for sure what he did and faced so that others could follow...

aloha from va

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the education on his hawaii time.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

A good day !

Charles Gramlich said...

I did not know that his number was universally retired. Wow.

Kay said...

I'll be looking forward to that movie. I didn't know about his connection to Hawaii. Wow!

Cloudia said...

Thanks dear Friends :-)

Birdman said...

It's the Summer of 42!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant number 42.

Robert Geiss said...

It is said, that no energy can get wasted, so his might still be around, even seventy years after.
May his be in seventy years too.

Please have you all a good new week.

Vagabonde said...

Growing up in Paris I had never heard of Jackie Robinson until I moved to Georgia. He was an exceptional human being. The other thing I had not realized until I came here was the much higher amount of discrimination there is compared to my former country. I was sad to read in a book about black soldiers that to fight in World War 1 in France they had to fight under French command as the US did not want black soldiers. Some became officers and never went back to the US where they knew they would have get recognition - so sad for a country to do that to its citizens.

Carol said...

I love our president.


I just love this. You expressed so many things perfectly, not least of all the Aloha spirit. Aloha and mahalo nui loa! (Hope you don't mind if I forward this post link to my friends and family!)

Hilary said...

I love YOUR spirit of Aloha.

Cloudia said...

Jolly! Love you friends!

Elephant's Child said...

Inspirational. I had not heard of Jackie Robinson before - and he sounds to be a fine person. Thank you for the introduction.

Cloudia said...

Thank You my friend:-)

Lori Skoog said...

Another very meaningful post Cloudia. You get it!