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Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America

 
 
Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Patrick Bentsen, July 13, 2010
1. Where the Dodgers Made Baseball History and Jackie Robinson Changed America Marker
Inscription.  Once upon a time (1890-1957), there was a major league baseball team in Brooklyn—the Dodgers. They played their games at Ebbets Field (1913-1957) in Flatbush, where the fans and players dodged the trolley cars to get to the ballpark. But it was here, on this site, that the team was headquartered from 1938-1957.

During these "golden years" in the team's history, the business officers of the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Club were here, at 215 Montague Street. And in these offices, on August 28, 1945, Jackie Robinson, a rising star of the Negro Leagues, met with Branch Rickey, Dodger President and General Manager, and signed an agreement to play for the Dodger organization, thus initiating the process of becoming the first African-American player on a major league baseball team—integrating the major league and making baseball truly the pastime of all the nation.
 
Erected 1998 by EAB and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports.
 
Location.
TD Bank on the Corner of Montague Street and Cadman Plaza West image. Click for full size.
By Todd Florio, July 15, 2010
2. TD Bank on the Corner of Montague Street and Cadman Plaza West
The Jackie Robinson marker is to the left of the door below the sign with the digital clock.
40° 41.638′ N, 73° 59.45′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker is at the intersection of Montague Street and Court Street on Montague Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Montague Street, Brooklyn NY 11201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington A. Roebling (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Cashmore (about 300 feet away); Brooklyn Heights (about 300 feet away); Brooklyn Borough Hall (about 500 feet away); United States Post Office / Main Brooklyn Post Office (about 500 feet away); Brooklyn Municipal Building (about 600 feet away); Brooklyn Heights Historic District (about 600 feet away); Church of the Saviour (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
Additional comments.
1. Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was a natural born athlete and Civil Rights Activist from an early age. In 1941, Jackie was honorably discharged from the military for refusing to sit in the back of the military bus. Upon signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, Jackie had to suppress his activism and his inclination to strike back at that those against integration.

The signing at the site, created backlash from the community, as well as Major and Negro League team owners. Jackie later moved on to
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be the Rookie of the Year and the League's Most Valuable Player. All the while, silently continuing to fight segregation.
    — Submitted July 29, 2010, by Patrick Bentsen of Bronx, New York.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2010, by Patrick Bentsen of Bronx, New York. This page has been viewed 1,554 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1. submitted on July 29, 2010, by Patrick Bentsen of Bronx, New York.   2. submitted on August 2, 2010, by Todd Florio of Brooklyn, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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