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Remembering Jackie Robinson in the Fort

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Jackie Robinson Day celebrates when No. 42 broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, back in 1947.

Fast-forward 15 years, and Robinson spent a separate, special day in Fort Wayne, IN.

Wildcat Baseball's Progress Day, now known as 'Mr. Mac Day,' in 1962 brought together baseball greats Robinson, Bob Feller, Ted Williams and Carl Erskine at McMillen Park.

Kids of that time witnessed the greatness of No. 42 in the flesh.

Little could they grasp just how important of a man stood before them, but Fort Wayne native Rick Longsworth knows full-well what one day in the middle of summer '62 meant to his peers and community.

"Seeing Jackie Robinson out at second base, you know, what more could you ask for at my age?" Longsworth said on Jackie Robinson Day, via Skype.

"It was just a thrill. It's something that I can really look back with pride on."

Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan is the Sports Director for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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