One year before the USA, Canada started a racial integration into professional baseball, which up to 1946 had always been a white man’s sport. The Montreal Royals hired Jackie Robinson as the first professional African-American baseball player, helping lead the team to be crowned Little World Series. One year later Robertson moved to the New York City, NY, USA, to join the Brooklyn Dodgers. That year Robertson was named Seasons Rookie of the Year. Then in 1949 Robertson won Most Valued Player Award.
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The Montreal Royals
For More Information:
- Jackie Robinson – Wikipedia
Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.
- Jackie Robinson – Baseball Player – Biography.com
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century.
- Robinson, Jackie | Baseball Hall of Fame
The impact Robinson made on Major League Baseball is one that will be forever remembered. On April 15 each season, every team in the majors celebrates Jackie Robinson Day in honor of when he truly broke the color barrier in baseball, becoming the first African-American player in the 20th century to take the field in the big leagues.
- Jackie Robinson Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
- Jackie Robinson – Black History – HISTORY.com
Jackie Robinson made history in 1947 when he broke baseball’s color barrier to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A talented player, Robinson won the National League Rookie of the Year award his first season, and helped the Dodgers to the National League championship – the first of his six trips to the World Series.