Jackie Robinson's

         1997 marks the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he stepped onto Ebbets field on April 15th, 1947,

Image: caption follows Jackie Robinson in Dodgers uniform.
Photograph by Bob Sandberg, 1954. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Look Magazine Photograph Collection. Reproduction number: LC-L9-54-3566-O, frame 7. Not to be reproduced for trade or advertising purposes.)
Robinson became the first African American in the twentieth century to play baseball in the major leagues -- breaking the "color line," a segregation practice dating to the nineteenth century. Jackie Robinson was an extremely talented multi-sport athlete and a courageous man who played an active role in civil rights.