A decade before Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott, two decades before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed “I Have a Dream,” a signature event in the struggle for racial equality unfolded far from Dixie.
On the afternoon of April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson emerged as an inspiring figure in the civil rights movement when he became the first black man to play major league baseball in the 20th century, making his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field.
Robinson’s triumphs in the face of bigotry evoked a sense of pride among black people and forced the rest of America to consider anew the doctrine of white supremacy.
Jackie Robinson Steals Home
Jackie Robinson Steals Home, originally uploaded by stechico.
One of the primary reasons why I’ve grown to love the Dodgers.
Baseball World Series
Subway Series: Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson charging wildy fr. 3rd base as unwary NY Yankee catcher Yogi Berra squats behind Dodger batter during Jackie’s steal of home plate in the 8th inning of the 1st game of the World Series at Yankee Stadium.
Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: September 28, 1955
Photographer: Ralph Morse
This photo is from the LIFE photo archive hosted Google here. It’s very nice of them to do this as more people can reflect back to the great images that Life has taken over the years.