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Current Event April 19, 2014

Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier


On April 15, 1947, African American baseball player Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was an interesting choice by the Dodgers to break the race barrier in baseball because he was an older player and not seen as the best player in the Negro league. Listen to learn how Robinson’s strong character, as much as his talent, helped to successfully integrate baseball.

US History II Race Sports

Story Length: 6:26

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National Public Radio © 2007 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 04/15/2007


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