THE CHOSEN ONE
In the early afternoon of Tuesday, October 23, 1945, Hector Racine, president of the Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers AAA team, told reporters he had a big announcement to make at 5:00 p.m. at the team’s offices at Delormier Downs in Montreal. He said nothing else, leaving reporters wondering and rumors flying. The Montreal Star speculated that the city would get a Major League team. According to another story, the Royals would fire manager Bruno Betzel and replace him with retired Yankees slugger Babe Ruth.1 About two dozen sportswriters, newscasters, and photographers were waiting when Racine entered the room as scheduled with Romeo Gavreau, the team’s vice president; Branch Rickey Jr., director of Brooklyn’s farm system; and a broad-shouldered black man, who was introduced as Jackie Robinson, formerly of the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues. Branch Rickey Sr. remained in Brooklyn.
Racine announced that the International League team had signed