The Jackie Robinson celebrity doll depicts him as himself a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player. Robinson was the first professional African-American Major League Baseball player. The 12 inch action figure was made by Hasbro in 1997 as part of the Cooperstown Collection.
In 1997 around the time this doll was released, Robinson’s 42 was the first player number to be retired throughout the entire league in his honor. In 2004, April 15 was declared “Jackie Robinson Day” where all MLB players where #42 on their jerseys in his honor. In 2016 Ken Burns made a thoroughly enjoyable four hour documentary, Jackie Robinson, which chronicles the extraordinary man’s life and contribution to the civil rights movement.
From the box:
On April 10, 1947, Jack Roosevelt Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers”, becoming the first black player in the history of MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL™.
Overcoming incredible adversity, Jackie Robinson would go on to become one of the game’s great all-around players and an inspiration to millions with his behavior both on and off the field. A proud and fiercely competetitive man, Robinson endured the prejdices and hostility of opposing players –and even some of his own teammates — with complete dignity and superlative performance.
Throughout his 10-year career with the Dodgers, Jacke was the man you wanted up at the plate in the late innings with the game on the line. He batted over .300 in 6 of those 10 seasons; in 1949, he was the league’s Most Valuable Player, with a .342 average. He was, without a doubt, the most feared base runner in all of baseball at that time. And during those 10 seasons, the Brooklyn Dodgers™ won 6 Nation Leaue™ pennants and a World Championship.
But beyond statistics, Jack Robinson had a profound effect of baseball and on the future of American sports. WIth his strength, determination and character, Robinson showed millions of American children that they too could realize their dreams, whatever the obstacles. This beautiful detailed, limited edition STARTING LINEUP® figure commemorates the 50th Anniversary of Robinson’s historic rookie season.
The Robinson action figure come wearing a one piece jump suit white Dodger’s uniform. The uniform snaps shut in the front and has a black gold buckled belt looped on and is decorated with decals of the Dodgers name and small orange #42 across the chest, 42 on the back , the MLB logo on the sleeve. On the feet are black baseball cleats and blue painted stirrups socks painted on the white underneath. The entire costume is removable. Accessories include a hard blue plastic baseball hat with the Brooklyn B logo, a unmarked wooden bat, glove, and baseball.
The Jackie Robinson action figure is articulated at wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, shoulders, hips, waist, and neck. Head goes side to side and tilts slightly up and down.