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Jackie Robinson Day 2011: Baseball Legend Remembered Across MLB

Jackie Robinson Day 2011 commemorates the 64th anniversary of his historic debut in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.The anniversary simultaneously commemorates the breaking of the color barrier in baseball, as Jackie Robinson…

Jackie Robinson Day 2011 commemorates the 64th anniversary of his historic debut in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The anniversary simultaneously commemorates the breaking of the color barrier in baseball, as Jackie Robinson was the first black player to play in the MLB. Almost 14,000 of the 26,623 in attendance at Robinson‘s first game, which took place at Ebbets Field, were black patrons.

While Robinson’s debut changed the game forever, and would make him a legend, the initial reaction by teammates and the press was mixed, but generally positive. However, there was immediately controversy in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, as some white players openly stated they’d prefer to sit than play alongside Robinson.

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