All good things come to some kind of end. Today’s Michael Hogue Portrait of Jackie Robinson only ends in the sense that it runs the table here on all the figures originally featured in his look at stars of the Negro Leagues in an earlier united presentation in The Dallas Morning News. For the past several weeks, those same stars have been shown here in The Pecan Park Eagle by written permission from Michael Hogue.
Today’s final portrait in this series appropriately features a look at the first man from the Negro Leagues to break the 20th century color line in the big leagues back in 1947, the one and only Jackie Robinson. Robinson broke into the major with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. He played ten years with Brooklyn, batting .311 overall, and helping to lead the Dodgers to seven pennants and their only Brooklyn-based World Series title in 1955.
Jackie Robinson is our “Offering # 14″ and the last feature in this series on this fine Texas artist’s work, Portraits of the Negro Leagues. It has been nothing less than a beautiful trip. – Thank you one more time, Michael Hogue, for allowing The Pecan Park Eagle to further share the beauty and joy of your work with those readers who care about the Negro Leagues and their place in baseball history.
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Jackie Robinson by Michael Hogue of The Dallas Morning News.
“The man who broke the color line in modern baseball began his career in the Negro Leagues.
“Before playing the 1945 season with the Kansas City Monarchs, Robinson was a four-sport star at UCLA, were he excelled in baseball, basketball, track and field, and football.
“Baseball was considered to be his worst sport.”