Nashua Dodgers Mural (Nashua, NH)

Date visited: February 27, 2016

Location: 31 West Hollis St., Nashua, New Hampshire   The mural can be seen on the east side of the Maynard & Lesieur building

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Most baseball fans know the Dodgers were the first American professional baseball team to integrate baseball in decades.  However, few people know it was the Nashua Dodgers (the farm club of the Brooklyn Dodgers) and not the Brooklyn Dodgers that were the first pro team to integrate an American baseball team in the 20th century (Jackie Robinson, who would later become the first African American to play professional baseball in the United States during modern era, was playing for the Montreal Royals of the International League at this time).

It is said that Branch Rickey and his executive, Buzzie Bavasi, chose Nashua as the location for this New England League team partly because the city had a large French Canadian population and they felt the French Canadian people would be more receptive to an integrated team.

Along the side of the building with the Nashua Dodgers mural is another work of art.  The mural celebrates the earlier days of Nashua.  Holman Stadium, which is prominently displayed in the mural, is the stadium the Nashua Dodgers played in.  It is still in use to this day.  It is now the home of the Nashua Silver Lights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

The mural is such a pretty work of art.  Unfortunately, it has sustained some damage due to people defacing the artwork.

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Below is a walk through of the mural on the side of the building.

 

 

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Hi I'm Wayne. Welcome to my blog. I am a true New Englander through and through. I love everything about New England. I especially love discovering new places in New England and sharing my experiences with everyone. I tend to focus on the more unique and lesser known places and things in New England on my blog. Oh yeah, and I love dogs. I always try to include at least one dog in each of my blog posts. I discovered my love of photography a couple of years ago. I know, I got a late start. Now, I photograph anything that seems out of the ordinary, interesting, beautiful and/or unique. And I have noticed how every person, place or thing I photograph has a story behind it or him or her. I don't just photograph things or people or animals. I try to get their background, history or as much information as possible to give the subject more context and meaning. It's interesting how one simple photograph can evoke so much. I am currently using a Nikon D3200 "beginner's camera." Even though there are better cameras on the market, and I will upgrade some time, I love how it functions (usually) and it has served me well. The great thing about my blog is you don't have to be from New England, or even like New England to like my blog (although I've never met anyone who doesn't). All you have to like is to see and read about new or interesting places and things. Hopefully, you'll join me on my many adventures in New England! View all posts by New England Nomad

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