"In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend," which opened at the Museum of the City of New York on Jan. 31--what would have been Robinson's 100th birthday--features 32 photographs originally shot for Look magazine, as well as home movies of the Robinson family, and memorabilia related to the Hall-of-Famer's career.
The exhibition--on view through Sept. 15--is presented in collaboration with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and launches the Foundation's yearlong, national Jackie Robinson Centennial Celebration, culminating in the December opening of the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York.
"We are honored to partner with the Jackie Robinson Foundation in celebrating the legacy of a true American icon," says Whitney Donhauser, director and president of MCNY. "Robinson's trailblazing years as a Brooklyn Dodger captivated the country and these photographs offer an intimate glimpse of a defining period in American sports history."
Adds Delia Britton, president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation: "We are thrilled to begin our yearlong celebration with this showcase of photographic treasures that depict Jackie Robinson's life and career in New York, and the... Museum of the City of New York is a fitting venue, as it was in this city that our namesake paved a way for a more-inclusive America."
In 1947, Robinson (1919-72) made history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson spent only one season with the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs before he was recruited by Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey. Rickey chose Robinson not only for his talent, but for his demeanor and courage. From the moment Robinson stepped onto Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947, he endured jeers and even physical threats from fellow...