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In 1947 Jackie Robinson took to the field as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Sixty years later, on Sunday, July 15, 2007, the White House will pay tribute to Robinson's exceptional career with a ceremonial game of Tee Ball on the South Lawn. A true pioneer in his day, Robinson defied racial barriers and achieved greatness in the face of extreme adversity.
In honor of that legacy, the Little League teams who participated in the Tee Ball game hailed from Brooklyn, New York, and Los Angeles, California the past and present homes of Robinson's Major League Baseball team, the Dodgers. Several baseball icons from both the Major Leagues and the Negro Leagues were on hand to commemorate this historic milestone of our national pastime.