Jackie Robinson tribute at his 1940’s home in Montreal

In honor of the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, both US and Canadian delegates gathered at a small home in Montreal at 8232 Avenue de Gaspe to pay tribute to the man who helped not only with the civil rights movement in the United States, but help pave the way for equality for African American baseball players. Officials placed a gold plaque on the front of the home to mark the spot where, in 1946, Jackie Robinson was preparing to immerse himself in the racially tense baseball league in which, until that time, no African American had been welcome.

At the time, the Robinsons had remarked in not knowing what to expect and their surprise in discovering that there were no racial tensions in Canada and his presence was more than welcome as baseball fans flocked to watch the soon-to-be superstar play the game he loved.

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March 1st, 2011