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Every year MLB commemorates Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 — the day he became the first African-American Major League Baseball player of the modern era. While not the first African American professional baseball player in United States history, his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended approximately eighty years of baseball segregation, also known as the baseball color line.

Every year MLB commemorates Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 — the day he became the first African-American Major League Baseball player of the modern era. While not the first African American professional baseball player in United States history, his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended approximately eighty years of baseball segregation, also known as the baseball color line.
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Every year MLB commemorates Jackie Robinson's debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15th, 1947 — the day he became the first African-American Major League Baseball player of the modern era. While not the first African American professional baseball player in United States history, his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended approximately eighty years of baseball segregation, also known as the baseball color line.

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Episodes

Ed Randall with Rachel Robinson

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Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel Robinson, joins Ed to talk about her wonderful late-husband and take calls from fans.

Mike Francesa with Ken Burns

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Filmaker Ken Burns joins Mike to talk about his new documentary on Jackie Robinson.

"I Am Jackie Robinson"

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Brad Meltzer, author of "I am Jackie Robinson," discusses his book.

Jackie Robinson in His Own Words

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A baseball Hall of Fame tribute to Jackie Robinson

Baseball Historian's Tribute to Jackie Robinson

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Baseball Historian presents a Tribute to Baseball's Great, Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson.

Jackie Robinson's Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

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We celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with this speech from his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sharon Robinson - Tribute to Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon Robinson, Director of Educational Programming for Major League Baseball, and Scott Simon, author of Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, pay tribute to Robinson. Tom Oliphant, former Boston Globe columnist and author of Praying for Gil Hodges: A Memoir of the 1955 World Series and One Family's Love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, moderates.

Childhood Memories Of The Brooklyn Dodgers

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What's better than a Jackie Robinson autograph? Bill Littlefield recounts a 77-year-old's story of Robinson and Preacher Roe of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Jackie Robinson at Ponce de Leon Park

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If we were to turn back Atlanta's clock to April 8, 1949, we'd find the city abuzz about baseball. Of special interest was the fact that major league baseball's first black player, Jackie Robinson, would be taking the field.

Tavis Talks: Don Newcombe

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Tavis Smiley enjoys an enriching conversation with former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, 87. Topics range from hardships of playing major league baseball alongside Jackie Robinson in the 1940s to Newcombe's job as Dr. Martin Luther Kings bodyguard. Newcombe, along with Roy Camapnella and Jackie Robinson, formed the great African American core of the Dodgers in the late 40s and 50s.

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson

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Branch Rickey was not much of a player or manager, but he ended up revolutionizing baseball: He created the farm system, allowing small-market clubs to compete with the rich and powerful, then, he signed Jackie Robinson and other black players to the Brooklyn Dodgers, bringing baseball to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Lee Lowenfish gives a detailed portrait of a man who influenced American business, sport, and society.

Ralph Branca on Jackie Robinson

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Ralph Branca was teammates with Jackie Robinson when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. Here, Branca shares some remarkable insights into the man who changed history, both in baseball and in America.

Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella

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Bill Littlefield interviews Neil Lanctot about the Brooklyn Dodgers, Roy Campanella, and Campy's strained relationship with teammate Jackie Robsinon.

Jackie Robinson's Pasadena Ties

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Prior to entering Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson was raised in Pasadena, CA and attended UCLA.

Jackie's Gift' A Baseball Tale

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During the holidays, most families tell and re-tell magical stories of years past. Steve Satlow has us all beat. His childhood tale includes a special gift from Jackie Robinson. Host Scott Simon speaks with Sharon Robinson and Steve Satlow about Robinson's new children's book, Jackie's Gift.

New York Giants at Brooklyn Dodgers August 31, 1957

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Broadcast of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers facing the New York Giants on August 31, 1957 from Ebbets Field.

The Pitch For More No. 42s

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April 15 there's always buzz about Jackie Robinson as MLB celebrates his debut with the Boorklyn Dodgers. But commentator Frank Deford says there isn't enough buzz in college athletics to help shape the Robinsons of the future.