Monday, March 12, 2012

Historic 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers

Here are a couple of great shots of the historic 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. This was the year that owner Branch Rickey signed the legendary Jackie Robinson, breaking the color barrier in baseball. This event singlehandedly did as much as any other event in beginning the change in race relations in America. Pee Wee Reese, shown above with Jackie, took special interest in and concern for Jackie's safety and well being. The racial climate which Jackie endured was harsh.

Among many other greats, the long-time Yankee scout from Goldsboro, NC Clyde King played on the '47 Dodgers. Kudos go to the great Branch Rickey for his courageous signing of Jackie Robinson 65 years ago this Spring.

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