Picking a winner in sports is never easy. Whether you're a baseball fan, football follower, or mad about ice hockey, New York State, and surrounding areas in the metropolitan area Downstate, you have plenty of teams to root for. If the NHL is at the top of your sports pleasure, there are four teams that would easily take your allegiance - Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils.
In 1997, as Major League Baseball celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, the State of New York joined in by renaming the Interboro Parkway that connected Queens and Brooklyn, after Hall of Fame legend. Last week, the New York City Department of Transportation updated their 25 year-old signs. However, something was wrong.
The Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and the New York Yankees were once the Major League franchises that called the Big Apple home. In 1957, much to the dismay of their fans, including many members of my family (I'm old but wasn't around yet), the Giants and the Dodgers headed to the left coast and the National League fans in New York were left devastated. A choice of rooting for the Yankees, for many, was not an option.
The Brooklyn Nets will be representing on March 21 against the Boston Celtics their alternative Brooklyn Dodger sleeved inspired uniforms for four games. The Nets got rid of their blue and grey jerseys when they made their move to Brooklyn last season...
The Dodgers enter Yankee Stadium for a two-game set with the Yanks. The storylines with this mini-series are endless. The 1950's World Series battles when both clubs were in New York, Don Mattingly returning to the Bronx and a kid named Yasiel Puig. Here is a series preview:
It was long overdue. The story of Jackie Robinson, the man who integrated baseball in 1947, changed sports and America forever, and had the backing of crusty Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey along the way. But as they say, better late than never. And it was indeed a late home run in extra innings in the theatre.