This day in baseball: The statement heard ’round the baseball world

On April 10, 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey issued a press statement during the sixth inning of an exhibition game against their minor league affiliate, the Montreal Royals.  The statement read: “The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals. He will report immediately.”

5 Comments on “This day in baseball: The statement heard ’round the baseball world”

  1. steve says:

    i don’t want to be an easter scrooge, but that signing was the beginning of the end for negro league baseball, an amazing league that must have enriched the African American community for decades. Oh well, the MLB is still my favorite monopoly.

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