Former Brooklyn native and beloved substitute teacher, Yale Ekus, has donated a baseball signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series Championship team, including players Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, to the Warwick Valley Central School District (WVCSD) athletic department. This World Series game was the one in which Jackie Robinson swiped home in the eighth inning. Jackie Robinson transcended sport by being the first Major League baseball player to break the color barrier in 1947.
Mr. Ekus’ father, a Brooklyn haberdasher who dressed many of the Dodgers in the 1950s, received the signed ball as a gift from the team. Mr. Ekus has had the baseball since his dad gave it to him. He gifted the ball to the athletic department, he said, because he wanted to share it with the school community.
Athletic Director Gregory Sirico said the baseball will be displayed in the high school as soon as a proper location is determined. Ekus, 91, continues to substitute teach at Warwick Valley High School.