April 15th 1947 is one of the most signficant days in Major League history. It is the day that Jackie Robinson– an African American–first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Jonathan Eig’s account of the events leading up to this day and beyond are contained in Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to throw out the first pitch for today’s opening day game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies. One hundred years ago, on April 14, 1910, President William Howard Taft threw out the first pitch to start the game between the American League teams Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia [...]