There’s something about this video (embedded below). I watch it over and over again. I can’t put my finger on it, but I think it’s because I want to see more, I want to see Robinson play.
It’s May 18, 1947. Jackie Robinson becomes the first black ballplayer in the major leagues to step on the diamond at Wrigley Field.
This is one year before the military’s integration. Seven years before Brown vs. the Board of Education and eight years before the tragic death of Emmett Till.
This date remains the largest paid single game attendance at Wrigley Field(47,101). Current MLB commissioner Bud Selig, then 12, watched from the grandstands.
The Dodgers overcome three fielding errors (one by Jackie) to score four runs in the seventh in route to a 4-2 win against the Cubs. Robinson plays first base; bats second and goes 0-for-4 with two strikeouts–both looking.
Robinson played in 151-games for the season, hit .297 with 12 HRs and 48 RBI. He won the Rookie of the Year Award.
Over the course of his 10-year career Robinson played 93-games at Wrigley Field hitting .295/.400/.446, 5 HRs, 43 RBI.
This past Thursday (Jan. 31) was Robinson’s 94th birthday. He was celebrated in a Google Doodle drawing on Google’s home page.