A Letter from Jackie Robinson
Autograph Letter Signed,
Jackie Robinson to Ralph Norton,
May 5, 1947,
Jackie Robinson Papers (196C)
When Jackie Robinson began his rookie season with the Brooklyn
Dodgers on April 15, 1947, he became the first African American
to play major league baseball in the 20th century, breaking down
the "color line" in effect since 1876. In this letter to Ralph Norton,
a fellow alumnus of Pasadena Junior College, Robinson reports on
his historic debut, the appointment of Burt Shotton as the Dodgers'
Manager, and the welfare of his wife and infant son.