Wendell Smith - On Jackie's Debut

Wendell Smith, a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Courier - America's leading African-American newspaper at the time of Robinson's baseball debut - wrote an article about what happened on April 15, 1947.

Thanks to the Library of Congress, we can see that article.  The following is the LoC's description of this image:

Pittsburgh Courier, Washington Edition, Saturday, April 19, 1947.

Newspaper headlines convey the excitement many fans and black sportswriter Wendell Smith felt watching Jackie Robinson in his first game for the Dodgers.

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Media Credits

Text image online, courtesy Library of Congress.


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