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Dodgers: Celebrating Anniversary of Jackie Robinson Signing with Brooklyn

On this day in Dodgers history…

circa 1945: A portrait of the Brooklyn Dodgers' infielder Jackie Robinson in uniform. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day in Dodgers history, Jackie Robinson inked a deal with the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the color barrier in not just baseball, but American sports. To this day, Robinson remains one of the most iconic people in the history of the country for his perseverance, determination, and strong will. Branch Rickey’s strong belief in Robinson’s talent and his incessant pushback against the prejudiced media also played a key role.

Many around Twitter took the time to honor the late Jackie Robinson on the 74th anniversary of his signing with the Dodgers.

Original Newspaper from Day of Signing

Obviously, at the time, Robinson’s pact with Brooklyn shook the world. It still holds important historical significance and always will. It is amazing that 74 years have already passed since the world of sports was changed for the better.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson

As Jackie Robinson said it best:

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Jackie Robinson lived by that philosophy and it was evident. Now the MLB honors him in the retiring of the number 42, the movies have been made, and we continue to honor and remember Jack Roosevelt Robinson for his contributions to society.

Robinson being a Dodger makes it even greater — simply to know that we were the organization to give Robinson his platform that he utilized so well for such a long time. Everyday in baseball is a credit to Robinson’s perseverance and on this day 74 years ago, it all began.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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