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Baseball’s Glory Days

George Weigel’s column, “The Importance of Jackie Robinson” (CNY, April 27), brought back memories. I was a teenage Brooklyn Dodger fan and remember that day. When Jackie got on base, it always made the game exciting. Weigel mentions the grip baseball had those days. People today don’t really understand how it was. 

I had been a student at Our Lady Help of Christians School in Brooklyn, class of 1945. All the teachers were Sisters of Charity. Weekday baseball games were mostly played in the afternoon then, even the World Series. When the Dodgers played in the Series, we were told to put our books away as the game started, usually at 1:30 p.m. At our desks, the entire student body—16 classes of 48—listened to the game over the PA system. If the game wasn’t finished by 3 p.m. (almost never), we had to rush home to catch the end of the game on the radio.

Carl Sardaro Sr.

Milan, N.Y.

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