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City sorry for racism to first black Major League baseballer Jackie Robinson

Published 31/03/2016

Jackie Robinson, left, prepares to play his first Philadelphia game for the Dodgers
Jackie Robinson, left, prepares to play his first Philadelphia game for the Dodgers

Philadelphia is officially apologising to Jackie Robinson for the racism he faced in the City of Brotherly Love.

The City Council passed a resolution on Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honour Robinson's achievements and to apologise for his mistreatment while visiting Philadelphia in 1947.

April 15 is the day Robinson broke the colour barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In Philadelphia, Robinson was refused service by a local hotel and taunted by Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who, along with players, hurled racial slurs at Robinson each time he came to bat.

The 2013 biopic 42 highlights the hateful reception Robinson received in Philadelphia.

The apology will be presented to Robinson's widow, Rachel.

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