Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, and Roy Campanella of the Brooklyn Dodgers

September 28, 1951
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John W. Mosley Photograph Collection, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Jackie Robinson (left) and Roy Campanella (right) pose for Mosley with Duke Snider (center). The three athletes played for the Brooklyn Dodgers; Robinson at second base, Snider as an outfielder, and Campanella as catcher.

Robinson broke the baseball color line when he was drafted by the Dodgers in 1947. Campanella—who was mixed race, the son of an Italian father and black mother—was drafted by the Dodgers a year later, making him the second black player in Major League Baseball. 

Robinson and Campanella enjoyed a strong friendship that was likely grounded in the shared experience of encountering racism on the ballfield. They endured racial slurs from opposing teams and spectators alike, and they shared the indignity of being unable to stay in the same hotels with their teammates when traveling to different cities with the Dodgers. Snider, born and raised in Brooklyn, was Jewish, and he surely confronted anti-Semitism in his experience as a ballplayer.

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