Jackie Robinson’s First Game in Organized Baseball-Jersey City, April 18, 1946

By guest blogger Bruce Solomon Jackie Robinson made his professional debut not in Brooklyn in 1947, but 76 years ago today in Jersey City, when the Dodgers’ Triple A team, the Montreal Royals opened their minor league season in Roosevelt Stadium, the home park of the Jersey City Giants.  Mayor Hague declared Opening Day in … Continue reading Jackie Robinson’s First Game in Organized Baseball-Jersey City, April 18, 1946

Changing History #42

By guest blogger Jeff Robinson with contributions by Gary Armbruster The Mets had a wonderful opening day ceremony today honoring Jackie Robinson who made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers 75 years ago. It reminds me of the great song by Garland Jeffreys, “Color Line” which was very appropriate for today’s celebration in Queens. The … Continue reading Changing History #42

Changing History

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game in Major League Baseball. Robinson’s appearance that day in a Brooklyn Dodgers’ uniform, wearing his iconic number 42, allowed Major League Baseball to begin the process of overcoming its devastating and immoral white man problem. And because of Robinson’s remarkable grit and grace Major League … Continue reading Changing History

Making History

Last night Alyssa Nakken became the first female in baseball history to appear on the field during a major league game as she took over the first base coaching duties for the San Francisco Giants. She took over when Antoan Richardson was ejected from the game in the third inning. Nakken was greeted with a … Continue reading Making History

Our Salute to the Negro Leagues: James “Cool Papa” Bell

By guest blogger, baseball historian and author Gary Livacari “Bell was so fast he could turn off the light and be under the covers before the room got dark!”-Satchel Paige, speaking of “Cool Papa” Bell. “We played a different kind of baseball than the white teams. We played tricky baseball. We did things they didn’t … Continue reading Our Salute to the Negro Leagues: James “Cool Papa” Bell


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