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Philadelphia officially apologizes to Jackie Robinson

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 1, 2016 1:46 AM
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FILE - This Aug. 22, 1948 file photo shows Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson, right, stealing home plate as Boston Braves' catcher Bill Salkeld is thrown off-balance on the throw to the plate during the fifth inning at Ebbets Field in New York. (AP Photo/File)

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

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

April 15 is the day Robinson broke the color 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 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.

A new PBS documentary by Ken Burns, "Jackie Robinson,"examines the life and times of Robinson and reveals fascinating stories about the legend's life on and off the field.

WITF is holding free screenings next Wednesday and Thursday at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster at 5:30 p.m. and

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