Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts accompanied mayor Karen Bass and Jackie Robinson family members for a tour of the Barrier Breakers exhibit at Los Angeles Public Library, which tells the stories of African-American athletes who played in the Negro Baseball Leagues.
Developed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, the “Barrier Breakers: From Jackie to Pumpsie” exhibit sheds insight on the Negro Leagues and the strong-willed, dedicated athletes who became trailblazers.
This exhibit highlights obstacles Black players faced, how they overcame prejudice and social injustice, and how their talent, passion and perseverance changed not only Major League Baseball but the United States as well.
Famed Dodgers Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Joe Black and Jim Gilliam began their respective careers in the Negro Leagues before joining the Majors. All but Campanella won Rookie of the Year with the Dodgers.
Black history is all around us — be sure to check out the exhibit before February 19th! pic.twitter.com/1pkqfYsQsX
— Mayor Karen Bass (@MayorOfLA) February 10, 2023
The Hall of Fame catcher nevertheless was a three-time MVP before his career was tragically cut short due to an accident that paralyzed Campanella.
The Barrier Breakers exhibit can be visited through Sunday, February 19.
Roberts touring the exhibit marked a second time in the past six months the Dodgers have been intertwined with the Negro Leagues. Along with the Kansas City Royals, L.A. wore a special uniform to honor Robinson during a series at Kauffman Stadium last August.
Also during that road series, Roberts and several Dodgers players visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
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