April 14, 2007


Sixty years ago today, a 28 year old black man - a father, a veteran, a decorated athlete in three sports - stepped on to the field in Brooklyn, wearing number 42 emblazoned on a snow-white Dodger uniform. He would play for 10 seasons, collect 1518 hits, 137 home runs and 947 runs scored. He would win the Rookie of the Year in 1947, the MVP in 1949, and be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

And he changed our national game - and our nation - forever.

Photo courtesy of the Academy of Achievement

Happy Jackie Robinson Day.

Crossposted at No Rhubarb!

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