DeGolyer Library

Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and a Pivotal Era, 1947-1957

September 24 - December 8, 2017

Located in Hillcrest Foundation Exhibit Hall, Fondren Library

Robinson photo

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking the color line in major league baseball, and in recognition of Bernie and Ann Parker’s gift to the DeGolyer Library of a remarkable collection of memorabilia devoted to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the current exhibit explores a “golden age” in baseball history, during which the three New York teams—Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants--dominated the standings with some of the most memorable and talented players and managers of all time: Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Duke Snider, Yogi Berra, Monte Irvin, Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, and Walter Alston.

On display are period books, magazines, newspapers, programs, souvenirs, photographs, balls, bats, and gloves--even two seats from Ebbets Field, the home of the Dodgers! A young reporter for the Fort Worth Press, Blackie Sherrod, even wrote a poem describing Willie Mays and “the catch” in the 1954 World Series.

Beyond baseball, we are also reminded of Jackie Robinson’s courage, devotion to the cause of civil rights, and legacy for all Americans.

Free and open to the public.

Image Caption: Jackie Robinson

Selected Items from the Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Parker Collection

Leo Durocher and Edward Linn

Nice Guys Finish Last

New York: Simon and Schuster 1975

Lou Boudreau and Ed Fitzgerald


Boston: Little, Brown, 1949

Leo Durocher

The Dodgers and Me, the Inside Story

Chicago: Ziff-Davis Pub. Co., 1948

Daniel Margowitz Daniel and Harry G. Salsinger

The Real Babe Ruth

St. Louis: C.C. Spink, 1948

Joe Hasel

Baseball’s Beloved Bums

New York: Weiser Publ. Co., 1947

Branch Rickey and John J. Monteleone

Branch Rickey’s Little Blue Book: Wit and Strategy form Baseball’s Last Wise Man

New York: Macmillan, 1995

Roy Campanella

It’s Good to Be Alive

Boston: Little, Brown, 1959

David Falkner and David Siff

Great Time Coming: The Life of Jackie Robinson, from Baseball to Birmingham

New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995

Jackie Robinson and Jules Tygiel

The Jackie Robinson Reader: Perspectives on an American Hero

New York: Dutton, 1997

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson’s Little League Baseball Book

Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1972

Carl Erskine

What I Learned from Jackie Robinson: A Teammate’s Reflections on and off the Field


Dodgers: 1890-1949, 60th National League Year

New York: Harry M. Stevens, Inc., 1949

Red Barber and Ed Fitzgerald

The Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers

New York: Bantam Books, 1949

Eddie Robinson and C. Paul Rogers

Lucky Me: My Sixty-Five Years in Baseball

Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 2011

Christopher Jennison

Wait ‘Til Next Year: The Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants, 1947-1957

New York: Norton 1974

Stew Thornley

Land of the Giants: New York’s Polo Grounds

Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000

Harvey Frommer

New York City Baseball: The Last Golden Age, 1947-1957

New York: Macmillan, 1980

Lee Allen

The Giants and the Dodgers: The Fabulous Story of Baseball’s Fiercest Feud

New York: Putnam, 1964

Ralph Branca

A Moment in Time

New York: Scribner, 2011

J. Chris Holaday and Mark Presswood

Baseball in Dallas

Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2004

Mark Presswood and J. Chris Holaday

Baseball in Fort Worth

Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2004

Frank Graham, Jr., ed.

Dodgers 1952 Yearbook


Joseph L. Riechler

Inside the Majors: A Panorama of the National Sport as Played in the Big Leagues

New York: Hart Publications, 1952


October 6, 1952

Red Barber and Robert W. Creamer

Rhubarb in the Catbird Seat

Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968

Tommy Holmes

Dodger Daze and Knights: Enough of a Ball Club’s History to Explain Its Reputation

New York: D. McKay, 1953

Tom (Thomas) Meany

The Artful Dodgers

New York: A. S. Barnes and Co., 1953

Al Campanis

The Dodgers’ Way to Play Baseball

New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1954

Yogi Berra and Ed Fitzgerald

Yogi: The Autobiography of a Professional Baseball Player

Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961

Bill Madden


Boston: De Capo Press, 2014

Donald Honig

Baseball in the ‘50s: A Decade of Transition, An Illustrated History

New York: Crown Publishing, Inc., 1987


Vol. 16, No. 4, 1954

Tom (Thomas) Meany

The Incredible Giants

New York: Barnes, 1955

John R. Tunis

The Kid Comes Back

New York: Pocket Books, 1951

Joe Webster

Dodger Double-Header


Clair Bee

Strike Three!

New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1949

Sports Illustrated

August 22, 1955

Sports Illustrated

June 27, 1955

Sports Illustrated

September 26, 1955

Sam E. Andre, ed.

Street and Smith's 1956 Baseball Yearbook

New York City: Street & Smith Publications, Inc., 1956

Sports Illustrated

January 2, 1956

Oscar Fraley

How to Play Championship Baseball

New York: A.A. Wyn, 1954

Tom (Thomas) Meany

Milwaukee’s Miracle Braves

New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1954

Roger Kahn

Rickey & Robinson: The True, Untold Story of the Integration of Baseball

New York: Rodale, 2014

Sports Illustrated

June 3, 1957

Bruce Chadwick and David Spindel

The Dodgers: Memories and Memorabilia from Brooklyn to L.A.

New York: Abbeville Press, 1993

Alfred Duckett

I Never Had it Made

New York: Putnam, 1972


November 16, 1972

A. Barlett Giamatti

Take Time for Paradise: Americans and Their Games

New York: Summit Books, 1989

Ted Williams and John Underwood

My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1969