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Philadelphia to officially apologize to Jackie Robinson for 1947 racism

This April 18,1946 file photo shows baseball legend Jackie Robinson.
This April 18,1946 file photo shows baseball legend Jackie Robinson. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, John J. Lent

Philadelphia is officially apologizing to Jackie Robinson for the racism he faced in the City of Brotherly Love.

The City Council passed a resolution Thursday naming April 15 as a day to honour Robinson’s achievements and to apologize for his mistreatment while visiting Philadelphia in 1947.

Gallery: Jackie Robinson breaks baseball’s colour barrier

April 15 is the day Robinson broke the colour barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

In Philadelphia, Robinson was refused service by a local hotel and taunted by Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who, along with players, hurled racial slurs at Robinson each time he came to bat.

The 2013 biopic “42” highlights the hateful reception Robinson received in Philadelphia.

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The apology will be presented to Robinson’s widow, Rachel.

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