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Substitute teacher donates baseball treasure to district Athletics Dept.

on June 11, 2018

Beloved substitute teacher donates artifact to sports history in the western world and Warwick Valley Athletics Dept.

a group photo of seven men in front of the high school. The center man is holding an autographed baseball

(left to right); Teachers Rocco Manno, Peter Scheuermann and Jeff Jacobsen; substitute teacher Yale Ekus; Athletic Director Greg Sirico; and teachers Erik Rosa and John Garcia.

Beloved substitute teacher, Mr. Yale Ekus, is 91 years young and has seen a lot in his long and industrious life.

The Brooklyn native and former educator from Bayside High School has donated a very special artifact to the Warwick Valley Central School District.

His special donation is an authentic baseball signed by members from the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series Championship team.

This is the series when Jackie Robinson swiped home in the eighth inning of Game 1.

Jackie Robinson transcended sport by being the first Major League Baseball player to break the color barrier in 1947.

On the ball are many team member’s signatures, including Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese.

This historic ball will be on display for all to see in a location to be determined, somewhere right here in Wildcat Country!

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