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What Happened The Day Jackie Robinson Made His MLB Debut 75 Years Ago – NBC Chicago

As Jackie Robinson prepared to take to the field as the first black player in modern baseball history on opening day 75 years ago this Friday, an Associated Press reporter asked him s he had butterflies in his stomach.

“Not one,” Robinson replied with a smile. “I wish I could say I did it because I might have an alibi if I don’t do so well. But I can’t use that as an alibi.

Some of Robinson’s teammates had organized a petition opposing playing with him. Rickey quickly hushed up the protest, letting the players know he would trade anyone not on board. It was in this pressure cooker in the dugout atmosphere that Robinson took to the field on April 15 to break baseball’s color barrier.

As the team’s first baseman that day in 1947, Robinson saw action early on. Boston Braves slugger Dick Culler opened the game with a ground fly to third baseman John “Spider” Jorgensen, who threw to Robinson. As the ball hit his glove, fans roared their approval for this still historic routine.

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