Robinson plaque at Hall of Fame to be changed

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Jackie Robinson’s plaque at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. made no mention that he broke the major league color barrier in 1947 when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. That has changed. During ceremonies at the Hall of Fame recently, Robinson’s plaque

"When he earned election to the Hall of Fame in 1962, Jackie Robinson totaled a career worthy of inclusion based on performance alone," said Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson. “Now, 46 years later, his impact is not fully defined without mention of his extreme courage in breaking baseball’s color barrier. The time is right to recognize his contribution to history, not only as a Hall of Fame player, but also as a civil rights pioneer.”

Changes to inductees’ plaques are rare. Roberto Clemente’s was altered in 2000 to correct his name to "Roberto Clemente Walker" instead of "Roberto Walker Clemente," reflecting the proper style of Latin American names.

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