Jackie Top Rookie – 1947

September 12, 1947 – With 13 games remaining in the regular season, The Sporting News named Brooklyn first baseman Jackie Robinson the “Rookie of the Year.” Sporting News publisher wrote that Robinson’s selection was based on his “baseball values.” “That Jack Roosevelt Robinson might have had more obstacles than his first-year competitors, and that he perhaps had a harder fight to gain even major league recognition, was no concern of this publication,” J.C. Taylor Spink wrote. “The sociological experiment that Robinson represented, the trail-blazing that he did, the barriers he broke down, did not enter into the decision. He was rated and examined solely as a freshman player in the big leagues – on the basis of his running, his defensive play, his team value.”

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