Originally written on Angelswin  |  Last updated 4/15/12
By Brian Waller, AngelsWin.com Columnist On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the "color barrier" in Major League Baseball as he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Baseball may be referred to as simply a game but the fact of the matter is that there are few things as closely tied to American culture and society as baseball. The sport is synonymous with summer, with father/son relationships, and with everything American, including apple pie. It would only seem fitting that one of the biggest events in the civil rights movement was tied in with baseball. Jackie Robinson's hard work and perseverance not only paved the way for African American players, it paved the way for all minorities. It was Robinson who opened the door for legends such as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Roberto Clemente. On a day dedicated to celebrating Robinson and what he accomplished, I decided to take a look back at what he meant to Angels' baseball. Robinson's debut took place 14 years pri...
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