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Video Jackie Robinson At Wrigley Field

By bullpenbrian - February 2, 2013 - 1:00 pm Leave a comment.

Jackie Robinson

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.

Jackie Robinson

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Cubs (2-7) Honoring No.42

By bullpenbrian - April 16, 2012 - 7:00 pm Leave a comment.

No.42

Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball appropriately retired Jackie Robinson’s No.42 in 1997.

With league-wide support in 2004 baseball instituted a dedication of Jackie Robinson Day to be held each season on April 15th, the date now 65 years ago, when Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Since 2009, and as we saw Sunday in St. Louis during the Cubs vs. Cardinals game, all players and on-field personnel wear Robinson’s No.42 in honor of the courageous man who broke the game’s color barrier in 1947.

I’ll make it a point to say I’m also in favor of permanently retiring the No.21 worn by the great Roberto Clemente, for he too helped break down barriers and build bridges for Latin American baseball players.

Out of curiosity I took a look at the Cubs record on Jackie Robinson Day since 2004. Not surprisingly, Chicago is but (2-7).  So Cubs.

Here’s a closer look: 

2004

Pittsburgh

Won

10-5

2005

@ Pittsburgh

Lost

5-8

2006

@ Pittsburgh

Lost

1-2

2007

Cincinnati

Lost

0-1

2008

Cincinnati

Won

9-5

2009

Colorado

Lost

2-5

2010

Milwaukee

Lost

6-8

2011

@ Colorado

Lost

0-5

2012

@ St. Louis

Lost

3-10

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Jackie Robinson No.42

By bullpenbrian - April 15, 2010 - 1:00 am Leave a comment.

Bud Selig retired Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 for all teams in 1997.

Three years ago Ken Griffey Jr. asked Selig if he could wear the number to honor Robinson on April 15, the day Jackie made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers–the commish agreed.

Now all players are invited to wear his number on April 15. Very cool.

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