Jackie Robinson Day and the release of the biographical film 42 (the number of his jersey) were a golden opportunity for the Québec Office in Washington to celebrate the great baseball player’s presence Montréal in 1946.
Daril Brown, Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar (JRF); Alyse Stone, JRF Scholar; Isabelle Beaulieu, Director, Québec Office in Washington; Arthur Neal, JFR Mid-Atlantic Regional Scholar Advisory Committee; Lauren Underwood, JRF Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator
Jackie Robinson became the first African American to join the ranks of a Major League Baseball team in the United States when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. He had broken the colour barrier the previous year by playing with the Montréal Royals.
A memorable time for Québec
Speaking before an audience of some thirty people, the Director of the Québec Office in Washington, Isabelle Beaulieu, recalled the role Montréal played in Jackie Robinson’s career and read an excerpt of a letter from his wife Rachel in which she described the warm welcome and strong support of Quebecers at the very beginning of her husband’s exceptional career.
The audience included: