Enjoy an April Adventure as Hall of Fame Celebrates Anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Debut

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The moment happened 76 years ago, but the reverberations are still felt throughout baseball and around the world.

When Jackie Robinson stepped out of the Ebbets Field dugout on April 15, 1947, opportunity became reality.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Robinson’s historic debut with April Adventure Weeks, April 3-15 in the Museum in Cooperstown with special daily events and online through virtual programming.

Upcoming events include (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

Tuesday, April 4, 2 p.m.

Virtual Voices of the Game: Dusty Baker

Join Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker as he discusses his relationship with Hall of Famer and teammate Hank Aaron in this special edition of Virtual Voices of the Game in celebration of Hank Aaron Day. Baker was a two-time All-Star during his playing career which featured seven seasons as a teammate of Hank Aaron with the Braves. A three-time Manager of the Year Award winner, Baker has posted more than 2,000 victories and led his teams to three pennants and the 2022 World Series title. This program is free of charge but registration is required.

Tuesday, April 11, 1 p.m.

Virtual Field Trip: Civil Rights: Before You Could Say Jackie Robinson

In baseball – as in America – freedom is an ongoing quest. For almost 65 years, Black players were prevented from playing in the American and National Leagues simply because of their skin color. In this unit, students will explore American history from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement. They will work to learn how race relations in baseball reflected significant social and cultural developments in the United States. This program is free in part to our collaboration with CILC but registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information to join the virtual program.

Friday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Voices of the Game: Wes Parker and James Loney

Join us as we discuss the importance of Jackie Robinson with two former members of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wes Parker, who played first base for the Dodgers from 1964 to 1972, and James Loney, a Dodgers first baseman from 2006 to 2012, will offer their thoughts on Robinson, his career legacy, and his impact on their own careers in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. We will take questions for Loney and Parker in our Chat Room. As always, Virtual Voices of the Game programs are free of charge, but registration is required.

Monday through Saturday Daily, April 3-8 and April 10-15

Jackie Robinson Self-Guided Tour

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A self-guided experience in celebration of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.

Monday through Saturday Daily, April 3-8 and April 10-15

Plaques of the Gallery Tour

10:30 a.m.

Aimed at visitors of all ages, this program educates visitors about the history of the Hall of Fame Gallery and the process by which each plaque is made and installed in this 20 minute guided tour.

Monday through Saturday Daily, April 3-8 and April 10-15

Black History Pop-Up

11:30 a.m., Learning Center

This interactive Pop-Up is in celebration of Black History Month. Explore images, hands-on items from the Hall of Fame’s education collection, and select artifacts that relate to Black baseball history.

More programs will be added throughout the month. Click here for the latest schedule.

To further explore Black baseball history, visit baseballhall.org/civilrights.