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Rolly: Sanford's sad coincidence separated by 66 years
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The movie "42" about baseball great Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues in 1947, accurately depicts the trouble Robinson encountered during spring training a year earlier in Florida when he was assigned to the Brooklyn Dodgers farm club.

The worst treatment was in Sanford, Fla., where the police chief told him to get off the field during a spring training game. Historically, the chief threatened to cancel the games if Robinson played. And in the movie, it depicted a crowd menacing Robinson when he was being driven out of town to play in Daytona Beach because the environment in Sanford was too hostile.

That would be the same Sanford, Fla., where a jury acquitted George Zimmerman, who was charged with murder for following Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, because he was suspicious of Martin being in his neighborhood, and eventually shooting him.

Mayor to the rescue II • I wrote last week about Lindon Mayor Jim Dain coming to the rescue of a couple left stranded with their guests during their wedding at a Lindon reception center when the judge who was supposed to marry them forgot about the ceremony.

Dain was called on his cellphone as he was returning from St. George and, after a quick change of clothes, appeared at the center on crutches to perform the wedding.

Dain is not alone.

A few weeks ago, West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder was golfing when he received a call on his cellphone from his sister-in-law.

She had been at Noah's in South Jordan to make arrangements to have a wedding there in the fall. While there, she encountered a couple in a panic because they were to be married that day, had their guests in place, and just received word that the LDS bishop scheduled to marry them had been in an auto accident and couldn't make it.

The wedding was to take place at 3 p.m. Winder got the call at 2:15. So he hurried home, changed clothes and made it to the center with five minutes to spare.

The Twinkies race • Wal-Mart officials were proudly boasting last week that they were the first retailer to begin selling Twinkies after the snack food was redistributed by new owners of Hostess after a month-long hiatus due to bankruptcy.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Veronica Marshall beamed that Wal-Mart got the product in and hastily stocked the shelves so the nation's largest retailer could be first.

"Our customers are extremely excited," she said. "Twinkies are an American icon, so it's exciting to be bringing them back."

But not so fast.

It turns out that Smith's Food and Drug stores were stocking Twinkies as early as Thursday, a day before Walmart.

What a coup.

Still, Wal-Mart and Twinkies? It seems like a match made in heaven.

Utah supports its cops • Utah seems to be a leader when it comes to supporting law enforcement, at least from a service-club perspective.

The International Footprinters Association, a service organization dedicated to supporting law enforcement, held its national convention in San Rafael, Calif., last week and the Beehive State was honored twice.

The Salt Lake chapter, whose official name is the Antelope Island Chapter, was named the best local chapter of the year. And Bob Johnson, from the Ogden chapter, was installed as the national president. That means the 2014 national convention will be held in Ogden.

prolly@sltrib.com

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