Friday, April 15, 2011

APRIL 15: 64TH ANNIVERSAY OF DAY JACKIE ROBINSON BROKE BASEBALL'S COLOR BARRIER



Jackie Robinson rounding Third base during World series against the Yankees, 1955
Ralph Morse: Jackie Robinson rounding Third base during the third game of the World series against the Yankees, 1955


Today is Jackie Robinson Day throughout the Majors, marking the 64th anniversary of the day baseball's color barrier was broken. It also commemorates the 64th anniversary of his historic debut in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Almost 14,000 of the 26,623 in attendance at Robinson's first game, which took place at Ebbets Field, were black patrons

The barrier-breaking legend retired from baseball in 1956, and passed away October 24, 1972 at the age of 53.


Major League Baseball: Jackie Robinson Day

The Official Jackie Robinson Site

Related: 55 Years Ago, Jackie Robinson Steals Home Base