Today, Friday, April 12, 2013, the Houston Chronicle deservedly gives up front page space to a beautiful piece of historical writing by David Barron on the role of longtime Houstonian and former Houston Buff Larry Miggins in baseball history with the great Jackie Robinson.
Please pick up a copy of the Chronicle today and read it for yourselves. It is both an entertaining and eloquent treatment of Larry Miggins’ personal role in the real debut of Jackie Robinson into the formerly all white organized baseball ranks in a game at Jersey City, New Jersey on April 18, 1946.
This is one of the finest examples I’ve ever seen of the Houston Chronicle paying due and full attention to the role of a fellow Houstonian in the larger history of our culture and world, and also one of the finest pieces of writing I’ve ever read in this context. David Barron is quite empathic in his quick grasp of what the Irish Miggins mystique is all about. After a home visit with Larry and his lovely wife Kathleen of nearly 59 years, David apparently left their residence showered with enough rainbow dust to write the column of his professional life.
Nice job, David Barron! A very nice job, indeed! The City of Houston is all the richer this morning because of your efforts and the good sense of the Houston Chronicle to place the story on the front page.
Thank you, Houston Chronicle! The Pecan Park Eagle trusts that you will not mind us publishing a scan of the Barron article in partial form as a visual companion to this totally supportive review.