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Remembering Jackie Robinson

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This page is to remember and commemorate the time that Jackie Robinson spent in Montreal, when he played for the Montreal Royals baseball team in 1946. The Montreal Royals were a minor baseball team belonging to the International League and also a farm team of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Royals signed Jackie and went on to win the Little World Series in 1946.

If you wish to do this walk, you can start at Jarry Park, which is 3 blocks from where Jackie and his wife lived that year at 8232 de Gaspe Avenue. Jarry Park, of course, is where the major league team, the Montreal Expos, played from 1969 to 1976. You can walk south to Parc des Royaux (where the Montreal Royals Monument is), which is in same location as where the Delorimier Stadium once stood. Delorimier Stadium was home to the Montreal Royals from 1928 to 1960. You can continue east to the Olympic Stadium, which was the home to the Montreal Expos from 1977 to 2004 and see the Jackie Robinson statue.
This walk is actually a good workout.
Sadly, Montreal no longer has a baseball team.

Below Google map shows location of where Jackie Robinson and wife lived in 1946 (8232 de Gaspe Avenue), the location of a monument to Jackie at Parc des Royaux (where Delorimier Stadium was) and the statue of Jackie at Olympic Stadium.



Jackie Robinson with Montreal Royals (July 9, 1946)
(photo by Conrad Poirier), courtesy Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec


Commemorative plaque to Jackie in Parc des Royaux
corner of Lorimier Avenue and Ontario Street East
Delorimier Stadium occupied the land in back


Commemorative plaque


Commemorative plaque to Jackie in Parc des Royaux
corner of Lorimier Avenue and Ontario Street East
Delorimier Stadium occupied the land in back


Monument to Jackie Robinson in front of the Olympic Stadium, Pierre de Courbetin Avenue and Letourneux Avenue
Bronze sculpture by Jules Lasalle created in 1987


Monument to Jackie Robinson in front of the Olympic Stadium, Pierre de Courbetin Avenue and Letourneux Avenue
Bronze sculpture by Jules Lasalle created in 1987


Monument to Jackie Robinson in front of the Olympic Stadium, Pierre de Courbetin Avenue and Letourneux Avenue
Bronze sculpture by Jules Lasalle created in 1987


Monument to Jackie Robinson in front of the Olympic Stadium, Pierre de Courbetin Avenue and Letourneux Avenue
Bronze sculpture by Jules Lasalle created in 1987


8232 de Gaspe Avenue, where Jackie and Rachel lived in 1946
a commemorative plaque is outside door


8232 de Gaspe Avenue, where Jackie and Rachel lived in 1946
a commemorative plaque is outside door


Robinson's debut on April 18, 1946. Montreal Royals beat the Jersey City Giants by a score of 14 to 1, at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City


Montreal Royals and Jackie Robinson win Little World Series on October 4, 1946 at Delorimier Stadium, beating the Louisville Colonels four games to two


Delorimier Stadium - 1933 - courtesy of McCord Musem
Photograph | Baseball game at Delorimier Park, Montreal, QC, about 1933 | MP-1985.31.187

Delorimier Stadium - 1947


Jackie and his wife Rachel, returns to the city meeting Mayor of Montreal - September 11, 1958
courtesy of Archives Montreal


Jackie signing the guestbook, with wife Rachel, returns to the city at Montreal City Hall - September 11, 1958
courtesy of Archives Montreal


Awesome mural by artist Fluke of A'Shop
corner of Napoleon Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard


Let's not forget John R. Wright - the 2nd African-American ball player signed by Montreal in 1946


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