Breaking the color barrier in MLB by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Jackie Robinson was no stranger to being in the spotlight. At the age of 28, Robinson debuted with the Dodgers on April 15, going hitless in four plate appearances.
On May 18, Robinson made his debut at historic Wrigley Field as the Los Angeles Dodgers began a two-game series against the Chicago Cubs. The paid attendance for the game was 46,572, which is a Wrigley Field record.
Joe Hatten took the mound for the Dodgers and pitched six innings, allowing two runs, one earned to the Cubs. Hugh Casey relieved Hatten and earned a three-inning save.
The large crowd was naturally on hand to see Robinson, who entered the game batting .299 with one home run and five RBIs. Robinson didn’t factor into the Dodgers’ 4-2 win that day however, as he went 0-for-4 with one walk and two strikeouts.
The hitless game in front of the record crowd would only be but a blip on the radar for Robinson, who finished his rookie season with a .297 batting average and a league-high 29 stolen bases en route to being named the Rookie of the Year.
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