Jackie Robinson Day | Sports Photography

Josh Harrison

A Day to Honor Jackie Robinson

There are many instances where an event altered baseball. There are not many that altered baseball and the country. Jackie Robinson playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947 was just such an instance. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, and laid the foundations for the change that was to come over the next couple of decades. He really was a groundbreaker  for civil rights. I am lucky enough to have grown up in an era where I have not witnessed segregation. I can not imagine what it was like for those forced to use separate, and often inferior facilities. Even the great game of baseball was split into two leagues. You had the Major Leagues and the Negro Leagues. Some great matchup we were robbed of because of this. How many home runs would Josh Gibson have hit in the Majors? Would Satchel Paige have been the greatest pitcher we have ever seen? We will never Paige and Gibson made the best with what they were given, but what kind of a game are you playing where you are not facing the best? Jackie Robinson paved the way for the game as we see it today. Imagine baseball without Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, and Ken Griffey Jr. just to name a few. One day where all of the players wear the number 42 is great, but every time you see a great ballgame Jackie had something to do with that. This is a great game that is full of great moments. Jackie standing at first base for the Dodgers in 1947 was one of those.

Josh Harrison Stands in Jackie’s Shadow

A couple of years ago I was photographing an Indianapolis Indians game. Indians outfielder Josh Harrison had just hit a double, and was standing on second base. I loved his pose with the Jackie Robinson retired number in the background. It was a very cool photo that I was happy to make. Over the years I have made a few photos similar to this one, but so far this one is my favorite.


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