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Seventy years later: Brooklyn exhibit honors Jackie Robinson’s breaking of baseball’s color line

Winning: Players from the Grand Street Campus baseball team celebrated the opening of Brooklyn Historical Society's Jackie Robinson exhibition on Wednesday.
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They hit it out of the park!

The Brooklyn Historical Society opened an exhibition Wednesday to celebrate 70 years since Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier — and one fan said the show will hit a home run in setting an example for kids who aspire to achieve the unthinkable.

“They have a lot of stereotypes about what they can’t do; we should be teaching them what they can do,” said the Rev. Dr. Valerie Oliver-Durrah, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident who is on the society’s board of trustees. “The exhibit will hopefully encourage kids to know baseball in a different kind of way, seeing what Jackie Robinson did to break the barrier.”

The year-long show features an array of memorabilia, including the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1955 World Series Championship banner, programs, and photographs — such as a shot of him signing his first Major League contract in 1947 — a picture that Oliver-Durrah found especially moving.

“I liked the one where he signed the contract, it was very significant,” she said.

Oliver-Durrah sported a classic Dodgers jersey and cap for the occasion, and said it was great to see the original cap Robinson wore on display in the exhibit.

The show’s unveiling gave old-timers in attendance a chance to reminisce about watching games at the team’s legendary stadium in Flatbush, and sent some of them perhaps a bit too far down memory lane, Oliver-Durrah thought.

“People lingered to talk about Ebbets Field; I wondered, ‘How are those old folks getting home?’ They just didn’t want to stop!” she said.

The exhibit, titled: “Until Everyone Has It Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy,” will be on display on the third floor at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights, through June 2018.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Man from Newkirk Plaza says:
Now if only the planned Jackie Robinson Museum would move to downtown Brooklyn where it belongs......
April 13, 2017, 12:43 am

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