Jackie Robinson's 1968 National League Pass
This official Major League Baseball Season pass
was given to Jackie Robinson by baseball’s
National League. The pass allowed him to attend
any game during the 1968 season. Robinson broke
modern baseball’s color barrier in 1947
as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1968 was a year of tremendous upheaval in America.
The opening day of the baseball season was postponed
in order to commemorate the death of Martin Luther
King Jr., which had occurred five days earlier,
on April 4, 1968. Two months later, New York Senator,
Robert F. Kennedy was also assassinated (June
5th, 1968). In August of that year, the Democratic
Convention in Chicago brought riots in the streets.
Many American cities experienced riots that spring
and summer, including Detroit, which, in October,
hosted the World Series (won by the Tigers).
Jackie Robinson, the first black player inducted
into the Hall of Fame in 1962, vocally took up
the cause of racial equality after his retirement
One can only imagine what he -- one of the greatest
leaders of the civil rights movement -- thought
during that tumultuous year of 1968, as he watched
a game, possibly reflecting on how far (or not),
America had come since he first set foot on a
Major League field 21 years earlier.