1997 marked the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he stepped onto Ebbets field on April 15th, 1947, Robinson became the first African American in the twentieth century to play baseball in the major leagues -- breaking the "color line," a segregation practice dating to the nineteenth century. By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s was created to commemorate his achievements and describe some aspects of the color line's development and the Negro Leagues.
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