Friday Flashback: Jackie Robinson's time in Louisville

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by Kelsey Duvall

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 7:56 PM

(WHAS11) -- Decades ago, Louisville was witness to the future of baseball at Old Parkway Field.

The Colonels were playing the first game of the Little World Series, which matched the best teams in the minor league.

It was one player that made the playoff series different. That player was Jackie Robinson and this weekend, his story will hit theaters.

It has been 67 years since Jackie first played in Louisville, but that next year, he would break the race barrier and play in Brooklyn for the Dodgers and create his legacy.

The Dodgers selected Jackie to be the first African American player in the National League.

Jackie went on to play in the World Series six times and was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1962.

Because of Jackie, the number 42 will forever live on in history.

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