Photomechanical print of Jackie Robinson on Brooklyn Dodgers opening day in 1947

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This photograph was taken during Jackie Robinson's first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, when he became the first African American player in Major League Baseball. During the 1947 season, Robinson went on to bat .297, score 125 runs, steal 29 bases and be named Rookie of the Year. This photograph, with the background removed, was featured on the front of one of thirteen baseball cards featuring Robinson that were issued by Bond Bread during a three-year period starting in 1947.
A photomechanical print of Jackie Robinson in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Robinson is leaping into the air above a base, glove on hand. His signature is across the center. The back of the photograph has an inscription identifying the subject of the photograph [Robinson], a second inscription [Died 1972], and three pieces of tape on the top and left and right edges.
African American
United States--History--1945-1953
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
Photograph by
Subject of
Jackie Robinson, American, 1919 - 1972
Signed by
Jackie Robinson, American, 1919 - 1972
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Paxton and Rachel Baker
ink on paper
H x W: 7 3/16 × 4 in. (18.3 × 10.2 cm)
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Media Arts-Photography
Place depicted
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
April 15, 1947
photomechanical prints
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