Jackie Robinson, still in his Montreal Royals uniform, reacts after the Brooklyn Dodgers
announce they purchased his contract. Jackie Robinson broke the “color barrier” in professional
sports as the first black player allowed to compete in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Jackie Robinson, still in his Montreal Royals uniform, reacts after the Brooklyn Dodgers announce they purchased his contract. Jackie Robinson broke the “color barrier” in professional sports as the first black player allowed to compete in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Thursday, April 11th, 2013
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Like a lot of young black men growing up in Chattanooga in the 1940s, James Mapp wanted to play baseball, wanted to become the next Jackie Robinson long before most people knew who Robinson was.

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