Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919.  He passed away October 24, 1972.  

Although he left us too soon, he left us all with some wonderful memories of his incredible life.   

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1919.  He grew up in Pasadena.  Two decades later, Robinson, a top UCLA athlete, became the school’s first four-letter man. He excelled in basketball, football, track, and baseball.

He debuted with the Dodgers in 1947 and was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947.   

I could say more, but I rather just share these pictures that I that I have taken from posters at Dodger Stadium, a billboard and a Time magazine from 1947.

This is on the wall when you head to the dugout level at Dodger Stadium.  Yes, that is a Montreal jersey and hat.   

Jackie Robinson D.S. dugout level.jpg 

This is in the club level.   Love that Don Drysdale is also here.  Don also passed away too young.

Jackie Robinson D.S. Club level .jpg

I saw this billboard when I was walking to the train station in Chatsworth.  Although I was chancing missing my train, I stopped to take a few pictures.

Jackie Robinson billboard.jpg 

 from Time magazine September 22,  1947:

Thumbnail image for time mag 1947 Jackie Robinson 1.jpgFrom Time magazine 1947

time mag 1947 jackie 2.jpg

And if you were reading above, here is the end of the article so you would read:

“After Slaughter did his spiking job a …

time mag 1947 Jackie 18.jpg 

Happy Birthday Jackie!

21 Comments

Nice tribute to Jackie Robinson on his birthday. What a hero and role model he was. I love the billboard!

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Brooklyn shares in wishing Jackie Robinson Happy Birthday.
He lives among us here everyday. Jackie’s spirit is alive and well.
Thank You Emma for reminding us all!
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I second that! Happy Birthday, Jackie! Every time I dig into anything Jackie related I can’t help but get goosebumps. This post did it to me again! Great pics and great tribute!
–Jeff
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Great post! Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday Jackie Robinson !, Emma thank you for a wonderful post .

Jackie Robinson to me is all about class and character. This is something I hope the young Dodgers players today can think about while they represent the team that has so many fine examples like Robinson in it’s history.

One very important thing left out I think should be mentioned is Jackie grew up here, he was ours before he ever played in Brooklyn. I have heard Brooklyn fans say they are appalled he would ever be honored in L.A. where he never played. Well he went to Muir High and like you say, UCLA, and made a name for himself both places, my dad went to school with him where he played on integrated teams years before the Majors were integrated. Happy birthday to Jackie. Someone on the Dodgers board has a video with a song and new verse written especially about Jackie Robinson by a UCLA fan. I saw it awhile back and maybe you did too. I’m just glad he had his number retired throughout baseball.

Thanks Jane! I was so happy when I saw that billboard. They started popping up recently. That was the first one I saw of Jackie.
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Mike,
You are so welcome. I know his spirit lives on!
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Thanks Jeff. I did not know I would find that Time magazine article but was happy I did!
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Thanks Indians! I wore my Jackie Robinson t-shirt yesterday and today I am wearing another one.
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You are so welcome Bluedog! Always nice to hear from you!
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Aducker,
So true! I hope Dodger players and all baseball players represent well our fine examples in baseball history.

Thanks Mimi! You are so sweet!

Happy Birthday to Jackie Robinson!

A wonderful post once again :)

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Nomarsland,
Living in the San Gabriel valley for too long to mention here, I am proud that Jackie Robinson grew up in Pasadena. That is great that your dad went to school with him!
Thank you for telling me about the video and song. I usually don’t go to the forum but I’ll go look for it.
I post on a Brooklyn Dodger forum and sometimes I know they can be very possesive and they have this hatred for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but their passion and love for the Brooklyn Dodger history keeps me going back there.
Thank you so much for sharing all this information! I bet your dad has some nice stories!
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Greg!
Is wonderful that MLK and Jackie’s birthdays are close together. Thanks for stopping by! Did I asked this before if you checked the list of Brooklyn Dodger players that are alive? I know you wanted to know when I finished with the list.

One very important thing left out I think should be mentioned is Jackie grew up here, he was ours before he ever played in Brooklyn. I have heard Brooklyn fans say they are appalled he would ever be honored in L.A. where he never played. Well he went to Muir High and like you say, UCLA, and made a name for himself both places, my dad went to school with him where he played on integrated teams years before the Majors were integrated. Happy birthday to Jackie. Someone on the Dodgers board has a video with a song and new verse written especially about Jackie Robinson by a UCLA fan. I saw it awhile back and maybe you did too. I’m just glad he had his number retired throughout baseball.

Happy Birthday, Jackie! It is cool that Jackie’s birthday and MLK’s are that close together, esp. going into Black History Month. The photos and the billboard are great!! Thanks, Emma!

Emmma., on your recommendation, I went back and checked your Brooklyn Dodgers list! Great work! Thanks!
Jackie did indeed grow up in Pasadena, CA, so it is ENTIRELY appropriate that he be honored in Los Angeles as much as in Brooklyn! He is rightly honored in both locations!
Emma, I went to seminary in Pasadena, but seminary budgets (time and $$) did not allow me to get to Chavez Ravine! Then again, I’ve been to only 3 MLB games in my life (Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Atlanta). Only at the Baltimore game (at the old Memorial Stadium) did I see my favorite team, the Red Sox! But that happens when your town does not have a local team! (The Senators left DC, where I grew up, when I was 2)!

the Jackie billboard is around me too. i feel proud as a baseball fan to see him honored in the mainstream with these nationwide billboards
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Greg,
Did not know you went to a seminary! and over here in Pasadena no less. And is not too hot here! At least is not humid. Although I was born in Honduras, I can’t stand humidity now days. I’ve lived in California longer than I lived in Honduras.
At least you have seen your Red Sox.
I never been to Milwaukee, Baltimore or Atlanta but some day I’ll extend my road games there.

Matt,
I am glad to hear that the billboad of Jackie is posted nationwide. That was the first one I saw here in Chatsworth.

Happy birthday to a man who changed baseball for the better!! May his legacy live on for generations to come!! He is a hero to many people, and always will be.
-Holly
http://irishsoxkid19.mlblogs.com

Emma, what a wonderful post! Gave me goosebumps and chills.

Thanks Sparkle! Is hard to imagine all the hatred and obstracism that Jackie had to endure but I love how his teamates came together to support him after Slaughter did his spiking job. Some day I hope to see the statue in New York of Pee Wee Reese putting his arm around Jackie.

Great photos I see most of them the first time!
Flash photo gallery

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