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From the March 27, 2013
issue of The Journal
By RICHARD HARRIS
It is not often someone walks into an event, steals the spotlight from a group of elite athletes, punches a world champion boxer and walks away with a big smile on his face, but that is just what 95-year-old Buena Vista resident Roosevelt Jackson did in Cairo on March 15 at the dedication of the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club.
As the nations oldest known living player/manager and scout from the Negro Baseball Leagues, Jackson was a natural selection to be a guest of honor at the dedication ceremony, which was in honor of the late Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseballs color barrier. However, he had no idea that he would receive so much attention.
When we got there Joe (Arline, his nephew) told them who I was and the crowd parted like Moses parting the Red Sea, said Jackson.
Arline said that is not an exaggeration and it was very nice to see his uncle get so much attention and respect.
I have been to other places with him and he has always been treated well, but it was nothing like Cairo, noted Arline. When people heard his name and saw him, their faces just lit up. … He even stole the show from Evander Holyfield (former world champion boxer).
Not only did he steal the show from the champ, but he punched him, too.
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