Wrigley 100 May 18: Jackie’s 1st visit


On May 18. 1947, 46,752 fans surged into Wrigley Field –the largest crowd to ever see a National League game at that time. Jackie Robinson had joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in April and the throngs were on hand to see his first visit to Chicago. It wasn’t a banner day for Jackie. He was called out twice on strikes, once with the bases loaded and had hitting streak stopped at 14. He also made an error while playing first base, but it didn’t hurt his team as the Dodgers won 4-2. One fan who was in the upper deck was 12-year-old Buddy Selig, the future commissioner of baseball. Jackie Robinson at Wrigley 3

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