Today in Tribe History: January 23, 1962

Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected to the Hall of Fame on their first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Feller spent 18 seasons in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians in a span of 21 years after spending three years of his prime in the United States Navy during World War II. “Rapid Robert” was a statistical leader year in and year out in a variety of...

Willie O'Ree, hockey's 'Jackie Robinson,' honored by NHL on 60th anniversary of first game

The Bruins trailblazer became the first black player to compete in an NHL game on Jan. 18, 1958, which is now known as Willie O’Ree Day in Boston.
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Rose Bowl unveils statue of Jackie Robinson playing football

While Pasadena’s Rose Bowl has been around since 1922, Wednesday was a first in the great venue’s history. For the first time in its history, the Rose Bowl unveiled a commemorative statue. Fittingly, the statue is of Jackie Robinson, who went to high school in Pasadena and was a three-sport athlete at UCLA.Even better, the ceremony was MC'd by longtime (and now retired) announcer...
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November 29, 2017  |  Discuss

For Sale: the place Jackie Robinson grew up

It might not be the same house Jackie Robinson grew up in…but it is the closest thing you’re going to get finding the Hall of Famer’s childhood home.For a mere $649,000(!), the house on 123 Pepper Street in Pasadena can be yours. But don’t be fooled by the real estate listing, the thing isn’t really Robinson’s “former house”…it is merely just the location on where the Brooklyn Dodgers...
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November 18, 2017  |  Discuss

After hosting first all-girls baseball tournament, MLB’s gender barrier could be slowly breaking

An infamous line was broadcast to the world by the young kids in the classic flick “The Sandlot.”“You play ball like a girl!”It was a term to use as a demeaning way to show females were incapable of playing such a sport. We can finally say that isn’t true now.Major League and USA Baseball recently launched the “Trailblazer Series” which is a new baseball tournament in the greater...
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April 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson statue unveiled outside of Dodger Stadium

The Dodgers honored Jackie Robinson in a big way on Saturday, by immortalizing him on the 70th anniversary of him making his MLB debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.It was unveiled at Dodger Stadium in front of the fans, and features him sliding into a base, which is fitting. Here’s what the statue looks like. And here’s a close-up shot of it. Robinson’s achievements can’t be understated...
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April 15, 2017  |  Discuss

LOOK: Astros wearing ‘equality’ shirts to honor Jackie Robinson

As Major League Baseball celebrates the 70th year anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, there are a ton of tributes to the American hero taking place around the baseball world. As has been the case over the past several seasons, each player on each team will be wearing Robinson’s No. 42 to honor the baseball pioneer. Though, the Houston Astros have apparently...
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April 15, 2017  |  Discuss

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

As the corner turns to March, the spring picks up pace and the sounds of the national pastime begin ringing out again. The waning days of February also bring to a close yet another Black History Month and the reminders and reminiscing the month brings of the works of many great African-Americans throughout the nation’s history. It is at the intersection of these two institutions...
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February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

Jackie Robinson has stretch of major freeway named after him

Before Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier, helping set into motion a dramatic shift in racial attitude in this nation, he was a four-sport star at UCLA. In addition to playing baseball, he won 1940 NCAA Men’s Track and Field Championships and was one of only four black players on the school’s football team. Now, more than three quarters of a century after...
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August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name the first African American player for each MLB franchise

On April 15th, 1947, the color barrier in Major League Baseball was famously broken. Can you name the 18 African American players who first played for each MLB franchise?Clue: Team-Date of first gameNotes: Teams that relocated to a new city after already breaking the color line are not listed a second time. Expansion teams that joined MLB after 1961 had been integrated from their...
July 19, 2016  |  Discuss

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