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If This Tag Could Talk …

This tag was used on Jackie Robinson's luggage as he traveled the country in the mid-1950s, while playing baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Before Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, he was not allowed in "White Only" hotels. His luggage tag represents the new freedoms that Robinson's impact had on baseball -- and the acceptance of the black athlete in baseball and American society.


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See Robinson’s 1968 National League pass.