MLB Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Professional Debut.


Nearly 70 years ago, Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson stepped foot on a Major League Baseball field and changed the world.

On April 15, 1947, second baseman Jackie Robinson made his controversial debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first African American to play in the MLB. Prior to Jackie’s first appearance, racial segregation was rooted so deep in professional baseball that all black players (from the 1880s to 1947) were confined to only play in the Negro Leagues.