Jackie Robinson Recreation Center
This bust of Robinson was dedicated in 1981
Two plaques can be found near the bust of Robinson and the entrance to the center
In 1936, this park was one of ten selected for the first public pools in the city.
Backstory and Context
Jackie Robinson was not the first African American to play in the majors, but he was the first acknowledged person of color to play in the modern era. Robinson was a young and rising star for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues when Brooklyn Dodgers general manager selected him as the first Black player on his roster. Robinson played in the minors before making his first appearance for the Brooklyn Dodgers and his success opened the way for other African Americans. Robinson led his team to multiple World Series before retiring with a lifetime batting average of.311.