Yearbook, Sept. 19: Jackie Robinson's ROY

September, 19, 2012
Sept. 19, 1947: On this day 65 years ago, Jackie Robinson continued his historic campaign, becoming Major League Baseball's first-ever Rookie of the Year just months after breaking through to become its first modern-day black player.

Robinson was rewarded a car and much more for his special 1947 season, which saw the 28-year-old post an .810 OPS, lead the league in stolen bases, and help get the Brooklyn Dodgers to the World Series.

Jackie Robinson against the Boston Braves in 1947Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty ImagesJackie Robinson against the Boston Braves in 1947.
Jackie Robinson at Ebbets Field in 1947AP PhotoJackie Robinson at Ebbets Field in 1947.
Jackie Robinson accepting the Rookie of the Year awardMark Rucker/Getty ImagesJackie Robinson, with wife Rachel, accepting the new-car prize awarded the Rookie of the Year.

Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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