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Peek at the Week: March 18th – March 22nd

  • Posted by: Nathaniel Haeberle-gosweiler
  • Posted Date: March 18, 2019
  • Filed Under: Library News

This Week in the Library


GlobalSmackDown Series, Speakers’ Corner, 2:00p – 2:23p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Digital Scholarship Talk featuring Sharon Leon, PhD, Room 205, 4:00p – 6:00p

Digital Humanities with Lauren Shohet/Bob Beck, Room 214, 4:30p – 7:00p

Unitas Weekend Monday Meetings, Room 206, 8:00p – 10:00p


The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 11:30a – 2:30p & 4:00p – 9:00p

Digital Scholarship Workshop for Faculty, Room 205, 12:30p – 2:30p


Restorative Conference, Room 206, 10:30a – 12:30p

Social Crisis Management and the Expanding Role of the Information Professional, Room 205, 1:00p – 3:00p


Director Meeting, Room 214, 10:30a – 11:30a

Africana Studies: Annual Senghor-Damas-Cesaire Lecture with Patrick Manning, Garey Hall Alumni Room 31, 4:00p – 10:00p

The Learners’ Studio, Room 301, 4:00p – 9:00p

Attorney Alumni Panel: Learn from a Lawyer, Room 205, 5:30p – 7:30p

Lit Fest: Mike McCormack, Presidents’ Lounge, 7:00p – 9:00p


Villanova Electronic Enthusiasts Club, Speakers’ Corner, 2:30p – 4:30p

Unitas Weekend Planning, Room 206, 2:30p – 3:30p

This Day in History

Written by Brandon Boyer

March 18, 1942- Jackie Robinson Requests Tries Out for Chicago White Sox

Five years before breaking the color barrier in professional baseball as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson was granted a try out for the Chicago White Sox. This little known event was only reported in one paper, the Daily Worker. In a 1970 Ebony article, Herman Hill, the West Coast Editor of The Pittsburgh Courier, recounted his experience in setting up Robinson’s tryout:

“I took Jackie Robinson, just out of Pasadena Junior College and Nate Moreland, a good, young pitcher from the same school, over to the Chicago White Sox camp, then at Brookside Park in Pasadena, to ask for a tryout. Jimmy Dykes, manager of the White Sox, had once praised Robinson and said he was worth $60,000 of anybody’s money. Dykes had seen Jackie play semi-pro ball. But he blushed when we came on the diamond. He refused to pose for pictures with Jackie and Nate.”

Though Robinson would be drafted into the Army and later join the Dodgers, had he broken the color barrier in Chicago instead of Brooklyn, it would have been quite tumultuous, according to late Northwestern professor and novelist Leon Forrest. “Jackie said the cities that he caught the most hell in were Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati,” Forrest notes in an interview with 1997 interview with the Chicago Tribune’s William Hageman, “(His playing for the Sox) would have meant a confrontation of (black and white) South Siders.”

In the end, Brooklyn’s liberal community and large black population proved to be the ideal place for Robinson to begin his iconic career in Major League Baseball. The White Sox would integrate 4 years later with Minnie Minoso.


When Jackie Robinson Tried Out for the White Sox. (2013). Retrieved from



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