On April 15, 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers started Jackie Robinson at first base. Not only was Jackie the first African American to play in the MLB since the late 19th century, he was also a phenomenal baseball player.
Over his 10 seasons in the major leagues, Jackie went to six World Series, including winning in 1955, and six All-Star games. Jackie was the first person to receive the honor of being Rookie of the Year and was awarded National League MVP in 1949. Every year, the MLB honor Jackie with “Jackie Robinson Day,” where every player in the league wears the number 42 on their jersey.
This past weekend the movie “42” released, telling the story of Jackie’s life and baseball career. (Watch a trailer of the movie here) I seriously cannot wait to see this movie! In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a good baseball movie.
If you aren’t planning on taking your kids to the theater (the movie is rated PG-13), no worries — we’ve got you covered! Introduce your kids to Jackie Robinson’s story with Dad, Jackie, and Me:
|Dad, Jackie, and Me
Written by Myron Uhlberg
Illustrated by Colin Bootman
Dad, Jackie, and Me takes place the summer that Jackie Robinson began his career in the MLB. A young boy shares the excitement of Robinson’s rookie season with his deaf father. Each day when his father gets home from work, he uses sign language to tell him about the Dodgers game. One day, his father surprises him with very exciting news, they will be going to Ebbets Field to watch Jackie play!
Jackie Robinson was a legendary figure in the fight for Civil Rights. For more on the Civil Rights Movement, check out our book, We’ve Got a Job. And visit our We’ve Got a Job Pinterest board.