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Mr. Feed --

Good post, and yes, the Dodgers did Jackie wrong by trading him to the Giants.

But because of his refusal to report and his subsequent retirement, Jackie did retire as a Dodger.

Just because Walter O'Malley was a major league jackass doesn't take away from the fact Jackie never played for another team.
He was, and always will be, a Dodger.

(And believe me, I'm not a Dodgers fan: Brooklyn, yes, LA, no.)

The Feed

Rob -

Thanks for the comments. I know Jackie was and will always be a Brooklyn Dodger and I know that by rejecting the deal he did hang up his cleats as a Dodger. I should have written, let him retire on his own terms as a member of the Dodgers family.


Mr. Feed --

No problem. And I agree. I wish the Dodgers had just told him that it's over. Instead, O'Malley just had to make a deal, that jerk.

Jackie is one of my two sports heroes (Hank Aaron being the other).

Jonathon Eig's "Opening Day" is quite good, if you're interested. I finished it in a couple of days.

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