Jackie Robinson's Chicago Debut
Bud Selig, the future commissioner of baseball, was there. He and his neighborhood pal Herb Kohl, a future U.S. senator, took the train from Milwaukee to Chicago to see the Cubs play the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both boys were 12 years old.
Mike Royko, age 14, who would go on to fame as a newspaper columnist, was at the ballpark that day, too.
So was Lennie Merullo, age 30. He was the starting shortstop for the Cubs.
Later, many Chicagoans who cared about sports and history would say they were there, even if they weren’t. Memory, like a knuckleball, can play tricks on you.
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