It is known as one of the greastest plays in baseball. The sports headlines the next day across the nation read “Robinson Steals Home.” Stealing home remains, to this day, one of the most difficult feats in baseball. Very few have ever accomplished stealing home.
It is pretty obvious from the video that Yogi Berra, catcher for the Yankees, had a different opinion. One he held until the day he died. However, Bill Summers, the umpire behind the plate in that first game of the 1955 World Series had a different opinion–He called him out and stuck to his call.
You can replay the video over and over and over again. He sort of looks out–but to use our modern day terminology–there was not conclusive evidence to overturn the call (they did not have video replay in 1955!).
There were some who wanted him safe simply because he was the first African American to play in the major league. Others just felt it added to the already tense relationship between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers won game one but went on to lose the series to the Yankees.
In 2010, Tom Murro, an emissary on behalf of Yogi Berra, delivered and autographed photo of that play to President Barak Obama. President Obama, who was born in 1961, was not even alive when the steal took place. However, he had referred to it in a speech.
Here we are 65 years later and the play still comes up in conversation every now and then. Sports fans, know about it, but there only a few who are still around that even attended the game. To this day there is still a healthy debate as to whether he was out or safe.
Yogi Berra, until the day he died in 2015, held on to his belief that Robinson was out–However, he remained Jackie Robinson’s friend until his death in 1972.
Take this story from sports history and do with it as you will. There are times I just find it inspirational for me.
This is my story…