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April 15, 1947 (the day that Jackie Robinson & Dodgers changed baseball)

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On this day in 1947,  baseball changed when Jackie Robinson opened the season playing first base with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Robinson was one of the key players in those Dodgers’ teams that won the NL pennant in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956.  The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the 1955 World Series.   

Robinson and his teammates spent spring training in Cuba in 1947. It gave many Cuban fans a chance to see the man that would open the door for so many players from the island.

Jackie was followed by black Cuban baseball players, from Orestes Minoso to the many others who followed.


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