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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 7, 2017 12:24 PM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: Designating April 15, 2017 as “Jackie Robinson Day” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution honoring the lifetime achievements and lasting influence of Jackie Robinson. April 15, 2017 will mark the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the major league baseball color barrier.

On April 15, 1947, Robinson became the first African American to play for a major league baseball team, being named Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his career, he also earned recognition as the first African American to win a batting title, lead the league in stolen bases, play in an All-Star game, play in the World Series, win an MVP award, and be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. To honor his achievements, Major League Baseball retired his number, #42.

This resolution would set aside April 15, 2017 as “Jackie Robinson Day” to honor his lifetime achievements and lasting influence.

Introduced as HR165