On #ThisDayinHistory 1947, Jackie Robinson Day: At age 28, he ‘ broke the colour barrier in sport ‘ and became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Fi eld in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Apr.15: Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years: Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson’s groundbreaking career was honoured and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City’s Shea Stadium…………………..Robinson’s was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league #AceNewsDesk reports
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https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8332 For us baseball fans, today is Jackie Robinson Day, a day when teams across the league give every player a jersey with his number 42 on it to wear while playing their game on that day…………..Why a day for one player? We tend to celebrate a lot of firsts, some of those folks who break certain barriers move on to obscurity, after being in the right place at the right time: Jackie Robinson was the first black baseball player in the major leagues, but he was no gimmick, the man was a stud in all aspects of the game……………….Like a lot of aspects of society at the time, baseball was segregated by color, so Jackie was playing in the Negro League when he joined sixteen black players and attended a special tryout with the Boston Red Sox in the 1945 season…………..It was never really intended to be anything more than a political stunt to please a city councilor who pushed for racial equality in the city, and Robinson left humiliated:

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8330 Enter Branch Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who had been looking for a black player that was not only a strong baseball man, but one who he felt could handle the pressures of being the first in the big leagues. Rickey offered Robinson a contract and assigned him to the team’s minor league clubs to get him ready for the majors: There was actually a bit of animosity from some Negro League players over all of this, as Jackie wasn’t thought to be the best all around ballplayer in their league, a title that they felt went to a man named Josh Gibson………………..When Robinson came up to the Dodgers in 1947 it was definitely not without incident, players on his own team threatened mutiny by protest, as did other clubs, which drew this response from Dodgers’ skipper Leo Durocher: “I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fuckin’ zebra. I’m the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What’s more, I say he can make us all rich………………..And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded.“. Robinson played his first season under extreme harassment and hard play by opponents, but this would ease as more blacks entered the league in 1948…………….He was inducted into baseball’s hall of fame in 1962 #JackieRobinson #Dodgers #History #USHistory #jackierobinsonday #OTD

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