By John Moore
To look at young Dexter Fowler’s charmed life, you’d think the Colorado Rockies center fielder has very little in common with his pioneering predecessor, Jackie Robinson. They are both African-American major-league baseball players from Georgia. But the similarities would seem to end there.
And if Robinson were alive today, he might say that is a very good thing.
Robinson was the son of a sharecropper who abandoned his family. Fowler’s father was an executive for Kimberly-Clark who tried to instill in his son the lessons of Robinson’s life. But to a young Fowler, born 39 years after Robinson became the first African-American to play in the modern-day big leagues, 1947 might have been as far back in time as Ancient Greece.
The opening performance of “Jackie & Me” is featured this morning in CultureWest.Org's year-long photo series, “It's Opening Night in Colorado Theater.” Click here to see the full series to date, which has included several Denver Center offerings. All photos by John Moore.
Linda G. Alvarado, co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, congratulates 22-year-old actor Aaron Davidson for his opening-night performance by allowing him to wear her 2007 World Series ring. Davidson, a Colorado native and graduate of the Denver School of the Arts, plays Joey Stoshack, a 12-year-old boy who is bullied because of his Polish descent. Alvarado, above left, is president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc., which built Sports Authority Field at Mile High. She is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and was named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America by Hispanic Business Magazine. When the Rockies were awarded a franchise, Alvarado became the first Latino owner, male or female, in Major League Baseball history, and the second female owner in the big leagues.