#ThrowBackThursday: Jackie Robinson Claims Rookie Of The Year

But Jackie was so much more than a rookie

Written by Josh Hoffert (@WhatTheHOFF)
Jackie Robinson

Jackie signs autographs

Let's throw it back!

Let’s throw it back!

Any day that includes Jackie Robinson being named National League Rookie of the Year is an important day.  That is exactly what happened on September 19, 1947.

Jackie proved over his career that he was so much more than a baseball player.  His feats on the field were paralleled by few.  And when I talk about his feats, I don’t mean those relating to baseball.  After all, he is the man that broke the color barrier in baseball.

This was a huge step in not only the sports world, but the United States.  It may have been a rough battle, but no one was more fit for the task than Robinson.

It’s hard to believe that ,despite all the criticism,  Jackie went out there and played the game as well as he did.  We have seen rookies do some great things in baseball, even recently.  But no one will ever outperform Jackie’s adornment of the award.  He did it like no other.

During the 1947 season, fans saw Jackie Robinson hit .297 while blasting 12 home runs.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, I highly suggest watching the movie “42”.  It gives fans a closer look at what Robinson went through and how he handled it.  Of course it’s full of some extra things to make it worthy for the box office, but it’s still a great look at the 1947 Rookie of the Year.

Honorable Mentions:

1925-William Tilden wins his sixth straight title at the U.S. Open.

1992– Barry Bonds joined the 30-30 club for the second time in his career.

Sources:

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/apr/15/42-jackie-robinson-brooklyn-dodgers-mlb

http://sports.yahoo.com/top/news?slug=ycn-9148227

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