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'Painful Joy on His Face'

Jan 31, 2019 - The New York Times

'Painful Joy on His Face'

From the start of Jackie Robinson's debut season, African-American fans everywhere were determined to see him play and, as a result, the Dodgers became the biggest draw in the National League, both in Brooklyn and on the road.

By season's end, more than 1.8 million fans had squeezed into tiny Ebbets Field in Brooklyn (capacity 32,000) and nearly 1.9 million had shown up to see Robinson in Cincinnati, Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Boston, Pittsburgh an...