100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s birth to be celebrated next week

Next week marks 100 years since the great baseball player Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, and to mark the occasion, the local Boys & Girls Club named in his honor will join the Cairo High School baseball team on their ball field named in Robinson’s honor.
More than 100 members of the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo and Grady County will arrive at the field dressed in baseball apparel.
“The kids will be interacting and taking pictures with the Cairo High School baseball team,” states Stephen Francis, club director.
CHS baseball coach Chad Parkerson will talk about Robinson and the occasion and then the high school ball players will scrimmage.
Events get underway at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Jackie Robinson Baseball Field at Cairo High School.
Robinson, remembered as the first African American player in Major League Baseball, was born on a farm in southern Grady County on Jan. 31, 1919. Soon after, he moved with his mother to California, where he was raised.

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