History & Celebrations Today – October 15

Celebrations Today – October 15

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Celebrations Today – USA: October 15

National Aesthetician Day
National Cheese Curd Day
National I Love Lucy Day
National Grouch Day
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
National White Cane Safety Day
National “”I Love Lucy”” Day
National Breast Health Day
Global Handwashing Day
International Day of Rural Women
National My Mom Is a Student Day
National Chicken Cacciatore Day
National Mushroom Day
National Roast Pheasant Day
National Sewing Lovers Day

Today in US History: October 15

Jackie Roosevelt Robinson

On October 15, 1972, Jackie Robinson attended a World Series game that included a commemoration for the twenty-fifth anniversary of breaking the color line. In his televised speech, Robinson again pushed baseball to employ blacks in more capacities: “I’d like to live to see a black manager, I’d like to live to see the day when there’s a black man coaching at third base.” When Robinson stepped onto the field, it was his second appearance at a Major League Baseball game since ending a self-imposed boycott of baseball which he had begun in protest of the sport’s poor record in hiring minorities for managerial and front-office positions. Nine days later, on October 24, 1972, Jackie Robinson died of a heart attack at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. The first black baseball manager, Frank Robinson, was hired three years later by the Cleveland Indians.

Robinson’s Major League career began on April 15, 1947, when he played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Following his retirement from baseball after the 1956 season, Robinson became director of personnel for the Chock full o’ Nuts corporation, the New York City restaurant chain, from 1957 to 1964. He also was active with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In December 1956, the NAACP awarded Robinson the Spingarn Medal, which it confers annually for the highest achievement by an African American. Robinson chaired the NAACP’s million-dollar Freedom Fund Drive in 1957 and was a member of the board of directors until 1967.

Many other groups also honored Robinson. In July 1962, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) held a testimonial dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Although SCLC president Martin Luther King was not able to attend, King’s speech recognized the positive impact of Robinson’s achievements beyond baseball.

Cover Image from Program for Dinner Honoring Jackie Robinson
Cover and selected pages
from program for Southern Christian Leadership Conference Hall of Fame dinner honoring Jackie Robinson, July 20, 1962, Waldorf-Astoria, New York City.
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Arthur Mann Papers. Reproduced with permission from the SCLC.
By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s

Jackie Robinson in a Dodgers uniform holding a bat
Back Cover of Jackie Robinson Comic Book,
July 1951.
By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s-1960s

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