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Young: Jackie Robinson has his day

(Originally published by the Daily News on Sept. 24, 1947. This story was written by Dick Young.)

They gave Jackie Robinson his “day” at Ebbets Field, but the [African American] star had to share it with his teammates, because yesterday afternoon belonged to all the Brooks. During the night they had become champions, and now, as each man stepped to the plate against the Giants, he received his deserved portion of acclaim from 26,123 Faithful.

And, just to prove that the head which wears the new crown hasn’t become swollen, the Brooks treated the Giants in the same manner that they have all during the season, when they were still just common folks — by beating them, 6-1.

Crowd Cheers Champs

But the game, and its outcome, was strictly secondary stuff to the crowd. Predominantly [African American], they turned out to honor their boy Jackie, and to cheer the rest of the Brooks. It was to receive this deserved reception that manager Burt Shotton started his regular crew — with the exception of Dixie Walker, who was suffering from a head cold, and Bruce Edwards, who has a split finger.

By the fifth frame, each regular had received his personal cheers — and Joe Hatten had the 2-1 edge that enabled him to leave with his 17th triumph. So, Shotton poured in the scrubs, and they proceeded to belt Shelton Jones for the fat four-run cushion in the seventh.

Gifts Worth $10,000

But while Robby share the cheers, the day’s swag was all his. They really did it right for the first, and finest, [African American] player of the majors. They gave him everything but the franchise at home plate. The gifts, representing a total cash value of about $10,000 included:

A deluxe sedan, television set, portable radio, gold pen and pencil set, set of silverware, electric broiler, gold watch and a check for $168 from a Hartford, Conn., delegation (which will help Robby pay the income tax on the presents).

Young: Jackie Robinson has his day

Various [African American] celebrities took turns at presenting each gift to Robby. Bill Robinson, the famed tap-dancer, made the presentation of the gold watch and said: “I’m 69 years old, but I never thought I’d live to see Ty Cobb in technicolor.”

Jackie laughed heartily — but he was unable to give the folks much of a display of his leg work in the action that followed. In his first time up, he got aboard via third sacker Lohrke’s boot, but didn’t break loose on the bases. Next time he lined right back to the pitcher in the fourth — and then retired with the rest of the regulars.

It was in the fourth frame that the Brooks went ahead — on just one hit. Up to that time Jones had done a fine job of nursing the onerun edge Bobby Thomson’s first-stanza circuit smash had provided. Then, with two down, Jones walked Dick Whitman, Hermanski and Reese to load the bags and Jorgensen slammed a single to center to the 2-1 edge.

Rookies KO Jones

Young: Jackie Robinson has his day

Just to show that they don’t intend changing the relations between the two teams in years to come, the “Dodgers of tomorrow” not only emulated their seniors, but improved upon their treatment of the Jints. They kayoed Jones in the seventh via hits by Rojek, Hodges, a hit batter and another single by Miksis — then continued the assault upon Iott with a walk and Whitman’s hit.

It was only because Stevens failed to touch third while scoring on Whitman’s blow that the inning was ended and the rumpus held to four runs. Stevey showed that he’s ready to become a qualified Dodger.

Over the last four frames, Robinson Day ended up as Dan Bankhead Evening. The [African American] Chucker, who had showed to disadvantage in his only two previous appearances, hurled smooth, three-single ball. He has already proved he can hit and, in the seventh, as he carried across one of the Dodger runs as a result of Mize’s error, he showed he can run and slide like a leaguer. All Dan appears to need is the polish which even Jackie was given before being brought up — by spending a year at Montreal.

Diamond dust: Victory was Hatten’s first over a first-division team this year. He’s pitching his best ball as the Series approaches… Bill Rigney is out for the rest of the season with an “incomplete shoulder separation”… Ditto southpaw Dave Koslo, who has slight elbow spur.

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