Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. We pay homage to Jackie Robinson with this classic Brooklyn tee bearing his retired number within all of Major League Baseball forty two (42).

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What better way to measure the integrity of a man than words of other men about him.

“All of us had to wait for Jackie (Robinson).” – Pitcher Joe Black

“Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.” – Willie Mays

“Give me five players like (Jackie) Robinson and a pitcher and I’ll beat any nine-man team in baseball.” – Manager Chuck Dressen

“He led America by example. He reminded our people of what was right and he reminded them of what was wrong. I think it can be safely said today that Jackie Robinson made the United States a better nation.” – American League President Gene Budig

“He knew he had to do well. He knew that the future of blacks in baseball depended on it. The pressure was enormous, overwhelming, and unbearable at times. I don’t know how he held up. I know I never could have.” –Duke Snider

“He struck a mighty blow for equality, freedom and the American way of life. Jackie Robinson was a good citizen, a great man, and a true American champion.” – President Ronald Reagan

“He was a therapist for the masses by succeeding, by doing it with such style, flair and drama. He helped level baseball off, to make it truly a game for black and white, with excellence the only test for success.” – Jesse Jackson

“He was the greatest competitor I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen him beat a team with his bat, his ball, his glove, his feet and, in a game in Chicago one time, with his mouth.” – Duke Snider

“He was the only player I ever saw in a rundown who could be safe more often than out. He ran as if his head was on a swizzle, back and forth, back and forth, until he could get out of it.” – Bobby Bragan

“I don’t care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes like a fucking zebra. I’m the manager of this team and I say he plays.” – Leo Durocher

“If it wasn’t for him the Dodgers would be in the second division.” – Red Schoendienst

“If I were in Jackie Robinson’s shoes, I probably never would have made it.” – Bob Gibson

“In baseball, there is something electrifying about the big leagues. I had read so much about (Stan) Musial,(Ted) Williams and (Jackie) Robinson. I had put those guys on a pedestal. They were something special. I really thought they put their pants on different, rather than one leg at a time.” – Hank Aaron

Jackie Robinson is the loneliest man I have ever seen in sports.” – Sportswriter Jimmy Cannon

(Jackie) Robinson did not merely play at center stage. He was center stage; and wherever he walked, center stage moved with him.” – Roger Kahn in The Boys of Summer

“There was never a man in the game who could put mind and muscle together quicker and with better judgment than (Jackie) Robinson.” – Branch Rickey

“T“Thinking about the things that happened, I don’t know any other ball player who could have done what he did. To be able to hit with everybody yelling at him. He had to block all that out, block out everything but this ball that is coming in at a hundred miles an hour. To do what he did has got to be the most tremendous thing I’ve ever seen in sports.” – Shortstop Pee Wee Reese

Quotes courtesy of http://www.baseball-almanac.com

We pay tribute to Jackie with this classic Brooklyn tee bearing his retired number forty two.

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