Jackie Robinson’s Opening Game in the Minor Leagues
One of Roosevelt Stadium’s most historic events was Jackie Robinson’s opening game with the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team, on April 18, 1946. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Roosevelt Stadium, located on nineteen acres at Droyers Point, opened on April 22, 1937. The stadium could seat 24,500 fans: it was one of Hudson County's largest projects funded by the Federal Works Progress Administration.