Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Robinson Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier Anniversary

April 15, 1947- On this date Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, against the Boston Braves to become the first African American to break into Major League Baseball. He was later voted Rookie of the Year.

Jonathan Eig’s book “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season”, recalls the events of 1947 when under intense media and public scrutiny, Robinson made history. This account of the inaugural season includes his experiences (good and bad) with fellow players and fans throughout the National League. Jackie had a key role in leading the Dodgers to the World Series at the season’s end, while also winning the first-ever Rookie of the Year award for his stellar play. He proved that a black man could combine courage with skills and earn respect on his own terms. Check our display of books on Jackie Robinson and our web page for a list of books on Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.

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