Boars & Baseball: The Legacy of Jackie Robinson

Boars & Baseball: The Legacy of Jackie Robinson

Tuesday, April 25. Meal at  6 p.m. Guest speaker at 7 p.m. -- Please register in advance.

Come to our third annual Boars & Baseball barbeque, hosted by the Men’s Ministry of SPD. Dinner will be smoked beef brisket and pulled pork with all the sides. At 7 p.m. we will hear guest speaker Ron Rabinovitz talk about his lifelong friendship with Jackie Robinson, and the impact of Robinson’s legacy, both on and off the field.

The cost is $12 for adults ($15 at the door). Children 10 and under, $7 ($10 at the door). Please register in advance online, or stop by the hospitality desk. Pre-registration closes Thursday, April 20. If  you are just coming for the presentation at 7 p.m. there is no charge.

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About Ron Rabinovitz

Ron Rabinovitz was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1945 and is the adopted son of David and Charlotte Rabinovitz. At the age of seven Ron became a Jackie Robinson fan. His father was a heartfelt Brooklyn Dodgers fan who held deep admiration for Robinson. After first meeting Robinson, Ron and Jackie formed an amazing relationship which began as pen-pals and grew to phone calls and get-togethers. They formed a beautiful bond and became the dearest of friends, sharing their lives with one another until Robinson’s death in 1972.

In his teen years, Ron had the incredible experience of working closely with his father, David in the 1960 presidential primary reporting directly to John F. Kennedy. David Rabinovitz, an attorney specializing in equal rights, was involved in politics and later appointed a federal judgeship by President Kennedy. Ron’s passion for politics continues today.

From early on Ron had aspirations to be involved in the world of communications. At the age of 20 he moved to Minneapolis to attend the Brown Institute. Following his graduation at Brown, Ron had a winning career as a radio disc jockey. He later found his true niche in sales as a manufacturer’s representative in children’s clothing. During his 25 years in the apparel industry, Ron was President of the Northwest Salesmen Association, President of the Central Western Market Association of Omaha & Nebraska and the Regional Vice President of the Midwest Region-National Sales Association.

Over the last 25 years Ron has shared his story with children and adults nationwide, speaking at schools, corporations and organizations.

Ron’s many appearances and interviews include The Baseball Hall of Fame, USA Today, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, CBS Radio, ESPN, THE WEEK, Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Story with Dick Gordon on NPR, George Washington University, just to name a few. He is an active member of The Jackie Robinson Foundation, The Baseball Hall of Fame and The Creative Memory Foundation.

In 2011, Major League Baseball Productions created the documentary, LETTERS FROM JACKIE The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson. The film highlights this amazing relationship and uses the unedited and uncensored letters written by Jackie and Ron.

He is the proud father of a daughter and son and their spouses, 2 step-daughters and their spouses, 10 grandchildren and his precious niece, her husband and son. He and his wife live in suburban Minneapolis. When not working or spending time with his much-loved family and friends, Ronnie can be found in his den relaxing with his beloved sports events and political affairs.