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April 15, 2004

Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day before each MLB game on April 15. (LA Dodgers)
Robinson honored
with special day

April 15 marked the beginning of an annual tradition throughout baseball, as Jackie Robinson Day was celebrated.  Full story >
• Jackie Robinson Field: 56K | 350K
•'s Billy Sample at Shea: 56K | 350K
• Sample interviews Don Baylor: 56K | 350K
• looks at his impact: 56K | 350K
Jackie Robinson Day: April 15, 2004
  Ballpark Celebrations
• Robinson Day National ceremony at New York's
  Shea Stadium: 56K | 350K
• Video tribute at MLB ballparks: 56K | 350K
• Commissioner Selig's comments: 56K | 350K
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Baseball's Best

In a classic matchup
for the 1952 World Series,
the Brooklyn Dodgers faced
intracity rival, the New York Yankees. During Jackie Robinson's 10-year MLB career, the two teams met six times for the World Series Championship, with Brooklyn winning the title in 1955.

Watch Game 6 and Game 7, two classic "Subway Series" games, only on

Negro Leagues legacy

Find out more about the season
Jackie Robinson played with the
Kansas City Monarchs in 1944.

They were All-Stars
The revival of the Negro Leagues
in 1933 to the day Jackie Robinson
signed with the Dodgers in 1945.
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End of an era
Jackie Robinson begins play for the Triple A Montreal Royals and Negro League Baseball slowly fades away. 56K | 300K
Jackie Robinson

Founded in 1973 by
Rachel Robinson, the JRF
is is a public, not-for-profit national organization that perpetuates the memory of Jackie Robinson and his achievements.

It provides educational and leadership development opportunities for students of color with strong capabilities, but limited financial resources.  More info >

Breaking Barriers

"Breaking Barriers:
In Sports, In Life" is a
multi-curricular character
education program developed by
Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players' Trust for Children, and Scholastic, Inc.

Using baseball-themed features, activities, and lessons, the program is designed to teach children the values they need to deal with barriers in their lives.  More info >

Memorable Moments

In 2002, MLB presented its most memorable all-time moments,
as voted on by baseball fans
around the globe.

Hosted by actor Ray Liotta, this video reflects on Jackie's breakthrough with interviews, historical footage, and commentary from those who knew the man. 56K | 350K

"A life is not important,
except in the impact
it has on others' lives."

-- Jackie Robinson

The annual Breaking Barriers National Essay Contest contest encourages children to write about a barrier or obstacle they have faced or are still facing in their lives, and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson to deal with those obstacles.  2004 Essay Winners >

Career Timeline

View a timeline of the major
events in Jackie Robinson's
life. Read about the different
eras of his career, life, and
impact on American society.

Video Highlights:
The early days: 56K | 300K
Breaking the color line: 56K | 300K
Career retrospective: 56K | 350K
Career overview II: 56K | 300K
The Jackie Robinson legacy: 56K | 300K

Jackie's nine values

Jackie Robinson had to endure
horrible insults, and be an
outstanding ballplayer, to pave the
way for other black athletes. He
succeeded-- and made history. How did he get past the obstacles? With the nine values represented here, which guided his life, on and off the field.
Sharon Robinson's message to students

Sharon Robinson sat down to talk with in 2003: 56K | 300K

Career achievements:
• 1947 NL Rookie of the Year
• 1947 NL MVP
• 6-time All-Star
.311, lifetime batting average

Uniform number 42 retired:
By the Dodgers organization
on June 4, 1972.
• Throughout all of MLB on April 15, 1997.

Inducted into the National Baseball
Hall of Fame in 1962

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