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Jackie Robinson poses before his first Minor League game, in Jersey City, N.J., on April 18, 1946.

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Ottawa Lynx tribute to Robinson 

The Ottawa Lynx held a tribute to Jackie Robinson in celebration of the 60th anniversary of his only Minor League season in 1946.

Reliving Jackie's '46 season

Before his historic jump to the Majors, Jackie Robinson spent his only season in the Minor Leagues, in 1946, leading the International League in hitting and guiding the Montreal Royals to the league championship and the Junior World Series title.

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“We all sensed that history was in the making, that the long ban against Negro players was about to come crashing down, setting up reverberations that would echo across a continent and perhaps around the world.”

Jackie Robinson on his first Minor League game at Jersey City on April 18, 1946

“There doesn't seem to be anything he can't do.”

Dink Carroll, Montreal Gazette, August 8, 1946

“Everything he did, they booed him. I remember our pitcher Jim Wilson knocked him down, and the fans cheered. Robinson didn't seem to pay any attention to any of it.”

Otey Clark, Louisville Colonels pitcher

“It was probably the only day in history that a black man ran from a white mob with love instead of lynching on its mind..”

Sam Maltin, Pittsburgh Courier, on Robinson being mobbed by fans after his final game in Montreal

“Do you really think that a [racial epithet] is a human being, Mr. Rickey?.”

Clay Hopper, Montreal Royals manager, to Branch Rickey during Spring Training of the 1946 season

“(Robinson is) a player who must go to the majors. He's a big-league ballplayer, a good team hustler, and a real gentleman..”

Clay Hopper, Montreal Royals manager, at the conclusion of the 1946 season

“Jack found his own style, his own style of play. He found his place on the team ... being in Montreal and doing well and being on a Championship team made him feel more secure about his place in baseball.”

Rachel Robinson

1946 Highlights

Summary of Accomplishments

  • Married Rachel Isum on February 10
  • Became the Minors' first black player of the 1900s
  • Went 4-for-5 with four runs, a homer, four RBIs and two stolen bases in his debut
  • Led the International League with a .349 batting average
  • Led the International League with 113 runs scored in 124 games
  • Finished second in the IL with 40 stolen bases
  • Led the Royals to a 100-54 (.649) regular-season record
  • Hit .318 in the Royals' opening-round playoff win over Newark
  • Hit .400 in the Governors' Cup championship vs. Syracuse
  • Led the Royals over the American Association champion Louisville Colonels in the Little World Series

Minor League Career Totals