Throwback Photo of the Day: Jackie Robinson and teammates build a snowman at Ebbets Field
Photo: Jackie Robinson and teammates build snowman
After months spent hibernating through the long, cold winter, spring comes bearing the promise of blue skies, green grass and lots of baseball. The sadness of snow is behind us, replaced with the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd.
Except, well, sometimes Mother Nature decides to play a practical joke. Like on April 14, 1950, when Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers arrived at Ebbets Field hoping to play a game and got a snowstorm instead. But the team wasn't about to sit around and pout about it. Snow might mean no baseball, but it also means something pretty great: snowmen.
So Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges trudged out to the infield and set about making the world's coldest Dodgers fan. Materials were limited -- there were no corn cob pipes or button noses involved -- but there was a catcher's mitt, and we hear he's got a 70 arm tool. Warm weather may have some affect, though.