Thursday, June 30, 2016

Illegal immigration and illegal immigrants with Michael Bargo, author




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Happy # 72 to Ron Swobada

Ron Swoboda broke in with the Mets in 1965 and hit 18 HR as a rookie.   

His manager Casey Stengel referred to him as "the youth of America", or part of the new generation of Mets who would make a winner out of the team:   
"Cleon Jones, Bud Harrelson, Tug McGraw and Swoboda, who all made their debut in 1965, Nolan Ryan, who came aboard in 1966, Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Ken Boswell in 1967, Jim McAndrew and Duffy Dyer in 1968, and Gary Gentry and Wayne Garrett in 1969."
The Mets did make it to the World Series in 1969.   Seaver, Koosman, Ryan and others turned into a wonderful pitching staff.   Jones and Harrelson became good major leaguers.

Unfortunately for Mets' fans, Swoboda never really developed into a consistent power hitter:  .242 batting average, 73 HR & 344 RBI over 8 years.

Nevertheless, he will live in the hearts of Mets fans for one catch in the 1969 World Series.     It killed an Oriole rally and lives as one of the greatest catches in baseball history.



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Why didn’t President Obama meet Cuban dissident Dr. Biscet?

Back in 2007, then President Bush presented The Medal of Freedom in absentia to the Cuban human rights and democracy activist Oscar Elias Biscet. This week, he was able to place the award on Biscet’s shoulders.  
Good for President Bush!     
Where was President Obama?  Why didn’t President Obama give a minute of his time to Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet?
For the record, Dr Biscet is a human rights leader:
Dr. Oscar Elías Biscet is a physician, winner of numerous human rights awards, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and president of the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights, which peacefully promotes human rights and the rule of law in Cuba. In reprisal for his human rights activities, Dr. Biscet was sentenced to 25 years in prison and has been held in some of the harshest conditions experienced by any prisoners in Cuba, including in punishment cells and solitary confinement. This is Dr. Biscet’s second stint in prison. Biscet first ran afoul of the Castro regime in the 1990s, when he investigated Cuban abortion techniques — Cuba has by far the highest abortion rates in the Western Hemisphere — and revealed that numerous infants had been killed after being delivered alive. The report was sent to Fidel Castro with un-official statistics and testimonies from mothers who described the infanticide. Biscet was arrested and served three years in a prison camp after publishing this article condemning abortion. Officially, Biscet was imprisoned for the crime of “disrespect.” After he was released in 2002, Biscet was again arrested, after only a month of freedom, during Cuba’s Black Spring.
Biscet’s prison cell is the stuff of a Victor Hugo nightmare: tiny, filthy, and shared with an almost uncontrollably violent cellmate. He has no windows and hasn’t seen sunlight in weeks. He’s afforded no medicines or toiletries. Other than a 2-hour visit from his wife every two months, he’s permitted no visitors, correspondence, or other reading materials. Currently, Dr. Biscet suffers from chronic gastritis, hypertension and recurring infections and is reportedly losing his eyesight; his poor health has been severely aggravated by unhygienic prison conditions and harsh treatment. At one point, Dr. Biscet was reported to have lost more than 60 pounds while in prison. Nonetheless, he inspires others with his repeated acts of defiance against his persecutors.
Recently, in a letter smuggled from his prison, entitled Civil Disobedience, Biscet urged all Cubans to continue to pray and fast until the government signs the international human rights treaties that have been established by the United Nations. Biscet wrote, “The people of Cuba have been suffering the scorn of a totalitarian tyranny, Communism, throughout four decades. Due to this inhumane treatment whereby the decorum of a people is violated, many Cubans are indignant and have risen up to pray and fast, beseeching the God of the Bible…we must expedite the achievement of these basic rights through civil disobedience and by putting into practice all methods to obtain our humanitarian aim.” Biscet pledged, “Here, in this dark jail where they force me to live, I will be resisting until the freedom of my people is obtained.”
Only this year, five years after his release from prison, was he allowed to travel to the United States.
Dr. Biscet is precisely the kind of human rights leader that President Obama, or any other U.S. president, should be embracing.    
Perhaps President Obama does not want to upset Raul Castro.    
Or maybe Dr. Biscet is politically incorrect: A Cuban black who opposes abortion and the opening to Cuba without demanding something from Castro.
Where is President Obama? He is talking to a lot of people but not a black Cuban human rights leader.
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz


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Latin America stories of the week with Fausta Rodriguez Wertz 06/29 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Fausta Rodriguez Wertz, the editor of Fausta's Blog......we look at the top US-Latin America stories of the week.........Brazil continues to deal with the challenges of the Olympics............and other stories of the week..........Cuba denies a visa to a US House delegation............the new and expanded Panama Canal is now ready for business.........peace in Colombia.............a new report that kidnappings are on the rise in Mexico........and the latest from Venezuela...........plus other stories of the week..... 



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A good article by my friend Father James Wilcox

We remember Father James from St Catherine of Sienna.    I really loved his new article at North Texas Catholic:

"The structure of priestly formation in the seminary is often governed by the academic coursework needed to be completed each semester. That said, the daily schedule is always configured based on the times of prayer, especially the Holy Mass. Once the spiritual schedule is determined, the other parts of the day — classes, ministry, exercise, homework, chores — are slotted into their appropriate times. 
Perhaps for your own personal reflection, you may want to determine what in your life is demanding priority in your daily schedule. How can you maintain the needs and wants of family and work while making prayer time the priority each day?
Now that summer is upon us, the seminarians are each off to their various assignments, and they are working to arrange these days beginning with the spiritual life, ministry tasks, and other work as necessary. Many of our seminarians are in parish assignments where they are assisting with summer activities like Vacation Bible School, youth activities, and Bible studies. While serving during Mass at the altar, they are helping the young servers learn more about the Mass and how to be more engaged in the celebration. Our two newly-ordained transitional deacons are serving in parishes, where they are growing in the experience of preaching homilies.Some of our senior seminarians are serving in the Tribunal Office, where they are learning the process of a marriage case seeking an annulment. This will greatly aid in their ability to serve parishioners who unfortunately find themselves with this need. A group of seminarians are serving our community through their summer assignments at Catholic Charities of Fort Worth. They are experiencing the array of services offered through Catholic Charities, including the Street Outreach Services, which seeks to aid the homeless of Fort Worth. The opportunity to live the social teaching of the Catholic Church in a direct manner will aid these men as they serve those in great need.One of our seminarians, Pedro Martinez, was selected by Catholic Relief Services to spend part of the summer in Kenya to learn about the Church’s social teaching in action throughout the world. Pedro said, “The Kenya Catholic Relief Services (CRS) experience was awesome and powerful. CRS is doing wonderful work to help our brothers and sisters with many different projects: water sanitation, peace building, empowerment, schools, orphanages, etc. We are called to not be indifferent to the needs of all our human family.”Back home, the Fort Worth seminarians served all of Texas recently this summer as they provided much-needed assistance at the Steubenville Lone Star Conference for youth. This three-day conference with 3,500 attendees was a faith-filled weekend, and the seminarians were there to help all along the way. They served at the liturgies (Mass and Adoration), were members of the prayer team, helped with security, and even assisted at the bookstore. Their visible witness to the love of Christ was terrific.As we head to press, seminarians will serve at the Vocation Awareness Program (VAP), which is a weekend for young adults to discern God’s call to the priesthood or religious life. In addition, a great group will be hosting high school men for the Quo Vadis? retreat. This three-day retreat allows young men to explore the priesthood and seminary life. The seminarians are planning the activities: spiritual, athletic, contemplative, and discursive. Finally, late this summer a small group of seminarians will join the large group of Catholics from Fort Worth on the World Youth Day pilgrimage to Krakow with Bishop Olson. The seminarians will aid in small group discussions and will offer some reflections to the entire group at some of the pilgrimage sites.There appears to be much doing through the summer months for our seminarians. However, the emphasis is always on being. In each assignment, the men are working to be witnesses to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. They are striving to be instruments to bring people closer to God. They seek to be examples to young people seeking to know God’s will in their lives, especially as they discern priesthood and religious life. The doing is important, but it is only effective if the being is primary. These men seek to be men of Christ and, God willing, priests of Christ.Through all of these activities, the seminarians are diligent in focusing on their prayer life and on their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is in that relationship and in conversation with God that these men hear the Word of the Lord and are confirmed in their call to serve in the priesthood of Jesus Christ.Please continue to pray for our seminarians. Please pray for the new men who will enter seminary in August. Please pray for men to hear the call to priesthood. Please pray for women to hear the call to religious life. Let our lives be structured by prayer, and may God, our Father, bless us. "

Thank you Father James!    

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The Governor of Rio fears that Olympics could be a big failure

Anybody out there planning to go to the Olympics? This is not a good headline:
Rio de Janeiro’s acting governor warned Monday that the Olympic Games could be a “big failure,” because of budget shortfalls that threaten to compromise security and mobility during the games.
In an interview with Rio’s O Globo daily, Francisco Dornelles said the state is still awaiting a 2.9 billion Brazilian real ($860 million) payout from the federal government aimed at shoring up state coffers ahead of the Aug. 5-21 event. The funds were allocated last week but have not yet reached the state, and Dornelles warned that without them, police patrols may grind to a halt by the end of the week, for lack of gas money.
“How are people going to feel protected in a city without security,” Dornelles was quoted as asking.
“I’m optimistic about the games, but I have to show reality,” he said. “We can have a great Olympics, but if some steps aren’t taken, it can be a big failure.”
And this guy wants tourists to get on a plane and visit Rio?     
On top of everything, from a really juicy political crisis to the zika virus, the police are protesting against the late payment of salaries and a lack of equipment ranging from car fuel to toilet paper.
And these are the police officers that will provide security in Rio?    
It is a terrible shame that things have deteriorated like this. However, this is more than bad luck. Brazil probably wasn’t ready to do World Cup and Olympics in 2014 and 2016. Add to all of this the country’s penchant for corruption and toilet paper may be the last thing that we will have to worry about.
Finally, security is even more critical now than ever because of terrorism. We saw what happened at the Boston Marathon in 2013 where a couple of guys with bombs killed and injured many.   
It’s probably too late to pull the plug but a lot of people, and even some athletes, won’t go. It’s just too much of a risk for people to take. 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The latest Supreme Court decisions & the GOP weeks before Cleveland with Chris Corbett




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Do state legislatures matter anymore?


In a year, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the key vote in overturning state bans on marriage and now safety restrictions on abortion clinics. In other words, Justice Kennedy made same-sex marriage “legal” and found restrictions on abortion clinics “unconstitutional”.
This is odd because Congress never passed a law on abortion or same-sex marriage. What we call the “law of the land” is nothing more than an opinion written by a justice in 1973 and 2015.
Was this country founded to have people governed by justices who overturn the work of state legislatures? I don’t think so, and the 10th Amendment is there for all to read.
In both cases, Justice Kennedy threw out the work of state legislatures. Is that what he thinks of the people? What in the world does Justice Kennedy, or the other four automatic liberal votes, know about “undue process” on getting an abortion? Did they come to Texas and see what these restrictions are?  
So what is the point of having state legislatures? Why not just have the Supreme Court decide everything?   
The Texas abortion clinic rules was about protecting women rather than denying them their “right” to abortion. Dr. Manny Gonzales reacted to the ruling this way:
I never saw the Texas abortion law as a means to restrict services available to women or put limitations on a patient’s right to choose. 
I saw it as a way to ensure that quality standards were being met at the clinics and centers offering this complicated, delicate procedure. 
It seems to me that while we have no trouble in naming the various issues we face in health care, like medical errors, patient injury, lack of transparency and cost of care, every time we put a solution on the table to address a problem, it becomes poisoned by political correctness and marred by biased motivations.
The left is jumping in glee over Justice Kennedy, a Reagan appointment. However, I hope that everyone is sitting back and thinking about the country.
How can you govern a country when a Supreme Court justice reverses what people pass in state legislatures? How much longer before the people in those states say “we’re out of here” because this system does not respect or work for us?  
Last, but not least, it’s time for a governor to say “enough”. I hope that Governor Greg Abbott will say “no” and refuse to obey Justice Kennedy’s opinion. It’s about time that someone reminded the Supreme Court that their opinions are not “the law of the land”.  
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Monday, June 27, 2016

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda




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Cuba open to all Americans except for…


We’ve been hearing a great deal about how opening Cuba will bring in Americans with their dollars and democratic ways. Well, not all Americans are welcomed by the Castro regime, as The Hill reports:
“At a time when the Obama Administration is rolling out the red carpet for Havana, the Cuban government refuses to be open and transparent with the peoples’ Representatives,” McCaul said in a statement on Friday. 
“Sadly, it appears to be easier for Cubans to come to the United States than for Members of the House Homeland Security Committee to get to Cuba.” 
Other lawmakers who were planning to visit Cuba include Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).
“The Administration is eager to have as many people as possible visit Cuba — except for those who are attempting to examine Cuban security infrastructure,” said Katko, chairman of the transportation security subcommittee. 
“We still don’t know if Cuba has the adequate body scanners and explosive detection systems in place, whether it has the technology to screen for fraudulent passports or ID, whether or how aviation workers are screened, and if Federal Air Marshals will be allowed to fly missions to Cuba on commercial flights.”
There are a couple of problems here.
First, how can U.S. commercial jets fly to and from Cuba without a full security checkup? Don’t we do this in every country? Do we want to expose U.S. citizens to terrorism or worse?
Second, this is a huge embarassment for the Obama administration, i.e. “in your face Obama”. The Cuban government is rejecting an official delegation from the U.S.
It simply confirms that the more you embrace dictators the less they respect you.
President Obama should order a stop to all flights to and from Cuba until there is a security clearance. It’s time for President Obama to stand up to something other than just conceding on every issue with the Cuban dictatorship.
Of course, we are talking about the same president who lets Russian MiGs fly 50 feet over our ships without consequence.
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The UK vote about the EU




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Sunday, June 26, 2016

RIP Jim Hickman (1937-2016)



Jim Hickman is the answer to a great baseball trivia question:   Who drove in Peter Rose in the 1970 All Star Game?    I am talking about the time when Pete Rose ran over Ray Fosse to score the winning run!  

We learned that Jim Hickman passed away.   

He started his baseball career with the New York Mets in 1962, or the year that the team lost 120 games.   Hickman actually had a decent year for a very bad team:  13 HR & 46 RBI.

In 1968, Hickman was traded to the Cubs and his career flourished: 89 HR over a four year period.    

His best season was in 1970:  .315 average, 32 HR & 115 RBI.

RIP Jim Hickman!



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June 1966: The Beatles and the LP "Yesterday and Today"


Back in our school days, we had an exchange student from the UK.  He was from Manchester, as he always reminded us.  I guess that we thought that every Brit was from London or Liverpool.

I couldn't understand soccer, specially the "offside" rule.  He couldn't follow baseball, specially in comparison to cricket.  And he'd rather talk about rugby than the NFL!

We did find a lot of common ground on our mutual love for The Beatles.

We compared record collections and quickly learned that The Beatles released different LPs in the UK and US. 

I found that he had stuff like "Beatles for Sale" and a very different set of tracks on "Rubber Soul". 

Perhaps, "Yesterday and Today" was the best example of all of these differences. 

It was released here between "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" and it included "Day Tripper" and "We can work it out", two songs that were never released in UK LP's.



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Obama left a lot of DREAMers with nightmares outside the Supreme Court

As I’ve mentioned before in these pages, I support a limited plan to legalize those who were brought here by their parents.  My plan would legalize those young people who are doing well in school and staying out of trouble, who may even want to serve in the U.S. military.
It would not be a path to citizenship or amnesty.
It would simply legalize young people brought here by their parents.  My plan would not legalize their parents or every other relative.
This week, President Obama left a bunch of these “DREAMers” crying outside the Supreme Court.
So why was this case in the Supreme Court, anyway?
First, President Obama, with Democrat majorities, did not legislate the problem.  They promised but did not deliver on immigration reform.
Second, and worse, an angry President Obama reacted to the 2014 election (and the loss of the U.S. Senate) by waving the pen and signing an executive order legalizing millions.   
It was arrogance of the worst kind.  It’s the kind of “presidencialismo” (presidential-ism) that has done so much harm to Latin America, from Perón in Argentina to Chávez in Venezuela to Mexican presidents who went around the legislature over and over again.
President Obama could have sat down with Congress and resolved this issue of the young DREAMers.  I think there are enough GOP representatives and U.S. senators willing to resolve the legalization of youngsters who were brought here years ago.  Again, we are talking about young people who are in many cases performing well in our schools and plan to attend our universities.  Are we really going to punish these youngsters because their parents walked into the country illegally?
We should add that the Supreme Court has stopped President Obama before, as the WSJ reported:
The one-sentence ruling was the latest defeat for Mr. Obama in the courts, which recently have stymied some of his administration’s top policy goals.
A federal judge in Wyoming on Tuesday blocked a rule setting stricter standards for hydraulic fracturing on public lands. And in February, the Supreme Court suspended the Obama administration’s cornerstone climate-change regulation limiting carbon emissions from power plants while litigation proceeds.
The DREAMers are now under the bus and will likely stay there for a long time.  They should blame President Obama.
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The Battle of the Britain 1940.....with Barry Jacobsen




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Brazil before the Olympics and other stories from Latin America




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"My father's quest", a book by Carmen Konneker!





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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A look at the GOP a month before the convention in Cleveland



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The latest in Trump vs Clinton & the aftermath of Orlando with Richard Baehr




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A look at the Trump campaign with Rick Moran of American Thinker & PJ Media




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Venezuela with Jose Alberto Niño




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Will Spain be next?

A few years ago, I was talking to a Spanish friend from Madrid who exports to the U.S. He complained then about the “euro”. He said that the euro was killing Spanish exports or making them more expensive in the U.S.   
He longed for the days when Spain had its own currency (“la peseta”) and could manage its own economy.
Wonder what he is thinking today? My guess is that he is happy with the UK vote.    
My sense is that the EU has been good to Germany but not to those smaller countries who depend on trade or tourists, such as Spain.  
Exports to the U.S. are a major portion of the Spanish economy:
Exports from Spain amounted to US$283.3 billion in 2015, down by -5% since 2011 and down -11.1% from 2014 to 2015. 
Spain’s top 10 exports accounted for 57% of the overall value of its global shipments.
Based on statistics from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, Spain’s total Gross Domestic Product amounted to $1.636 trillion in 2015.
Therefore, exports accounted for about 17.3% of total Spanish economic output.
My friend wold argue that the “euro” is the reason that exports to the U.S. are down.    
He is not alone, as we can see in this 2015 BBC report that I read  last year:
As Spain emerged, under-developed and economically weak, from the isolation of the Franco dictatorship, the EU was seen as its benevolent benefactor.
Now, six years into an economic crisis which has left 27% of the population unemployed, it is viewed as the belligerent bully which is forcing Spain to its knees with austerity measures.
Since 2007, Spanish approval of the EU has almost halved.
It’s fair to say that the benefits of the EU were oversold to a Spanish nation yearning for modernity a decade ago.
During the Franco years, the trains ran on time and the streets were extremely safe. At the same time, he isolated Spain from globalism and progress.
Will Spain be next? Time will tell but don’t be surprised if it does. The Brits have a lit a fire and it will spread quickly.  
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Friday, June 24, 2016

World War II: The Battle of the Britain 1940 with Barry Jacobsen





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House Democrats behaving like Latin American lefties

Some of us have seen this movie before.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen news reports from Latin America of left-wing legislators, or the interest groups that they support, chanting and going out of control when they don’t get their way.    
Recently, the teachers’ union in Mexico blocked the entrances to the Mexico City airport or last week a confrontation with authorities followed their attempts to close the heavily used highway to Puebla.
Let’s add some members of the U.S. House to that list of legislators or activists who want their way even it means stepping on other people’s rights.
The House Democrats, many literally sitting on the floor, want a vote on gun control. Unfortunately for them, the majority in the House, or the people elected by voters across the country, would rather take up other issues.    
We call it democracy. In other words, the majority party sets the calendar. Just ask the GOP senators who wanted then-Majority Leader Reid to bring ObamaCare to a vote on the floor.
Incredibly, Rep. John Lewis is connecting this sit-in with his illustrious past civil rights experience:
“Today we made progress. We have come a distance,” declared Lewis.
Lewis said he had to walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge “three times” before he had completed the march to Selma, Ala. The Georgia Democrat suggested this was the first step on firearms.
“We have other bridges to cross. And when we come back in July, we start it all over again,” intoned Lewis.
At the same time, the hypocrisy of these Democrats is incredible given their silence about the shootings in Chicago.  
Why don’t they get on a plane and block the street corners in Chicago where this violence is happening every weekend?    
Why don’t they visit the churches and instituions of Chciago and call for an end to the mindless shooting?   
Why not back the Chicago police that have to go into these areas every night?   
Why not call on black leaders to have a frank discussion of the root causes of black on black crime in our cities? After all, Chicago already has a lot of gun laws.
The House Democrats are engaged in the worst type of grandstanding. We need dissent, but this is not dissent. This is chaos that threatens our rule of law.
Shame on Democrats. I never thought that we would ever see this in the U.S.
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1955: Harmon Killebrew hit the first of 573 HR

Harmon Killebrew was one of the great power hitters that I grew up watching and following.    

He finished his career with 573 HR & 1,559 RBI.

Killebrew won 6 HR titles and led the AL in RBI 4 times.   He was the AL MVP in 1969.

On this day, a young Killebrew hit # 1 as a member of the Washington Senators who became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.   



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1947: Jackie Robinson steals home for the first time


Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers.   He also earned a reputation for stealing bases and getting lots of clutch hits.  

He was voted Rookie of the Year in 1947:   .297 batting average, .383 OBP and 29 stolen bases.    

Overall, Jackie hit .311 and a .409 on base pct over 10 years with the Dodgers.   

He played in the 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956 World Series.

On this day in 1947, Jackie stole home for the first of 19 times.



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