By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories:
-It was 75 years ago today that Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to compete in integrated professional baseball in the modern era when he suited up for the International League’s Montreal Royals against the Jersey City Giants at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. And what a debut it was. Starting at second base for the Royals, Robinson went 4-for-5 with a three-run home run and two stolen bases to help lead his club to a 14-1 win. He also scored four runs and drove in four. It was a sign of spectacular things to come from Robinson that season. With the Royals in 1946, he would top the International League in batting average (.349), walks (92) and runs (113), and spur the club to their first Junior World Series title.