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A Game Apart

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Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. It’s where kids learn to be part of a team and where players have each other’s back.

But it wasn’t always that way.

Mike Wiley is the playwright and director of “Jackie Robinson: A Game Apart”. It is a one-man performance depicting the differences of life on-and-off the field of Robinson – among other African Americans critical to our nation’s history.

He brought his performance to Wingate University on Friday – setting the mood for Black History Month.

Wiley interacts with the crowd and plays up to 17 characters in each performance – including athletes who broke the color barrier in their respective sport.

“It’s a different kind of spark,” Wiley said. “It’s a different kind of energy. Sometimes it’s real funny – sometimes it’s real poignant.”

Jackie Robinson changed not only baseball, but all of professional sports. Wiley is doing is part to make sure Robinson’s work is not forgotten.

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