Jackie Robinson Day

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the color barrier in the Major Leagues since its segregation in 1889. To celebrate his life and legacy, Major League Baseball has designated April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day. I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few of my best haiku about baseball. Enjoy.


a ball field’s lights
shining through the trees

Frogpond XXVII:3, Fall 2004


long summer day—
spoke by spoke the baseball card
loses its rattle

Acorn 14, Spring 2005


ball field at dusk:
a boy playing alone
pretends the crowd goes wild

Frogpond XXX:3, Fall 2007


autumn rain
a baseball card softens
in the bicycle spokes

The Heron’s Nest IX:4, December 2007


Jackie Robinson Day
the give
of my glove

The Heron’s Nest XIV:3, September 2012


batting cage nets
catching only
the dawn wind

tinywords 12.1, 24 October 2012


one out away from summer’s end

Mariposa #30, Spring/Summer 2013


all seven of the above haiku by Chad Lee Robinson


If you are interested in reading more haiku about baseball, I recommend picking up a copy of Baseball Haiku: The Best Haiku Ever Written about the Game (W.W. Norton, 2007), edited by Cor van den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura. The first two haiku above are included in that anthology. You can also head over to The Haiku Foundation to read Play Ball: Baseball Haiku by Cor van den Heuvel (Red Moon Press, 1999) as well as Past Time: Baseball Haiku, edited by Jim Kacian and Cor van den Heuvel (Red Moon Press, 1999) for free in the digital library.


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