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Famous Veterans: Jackie Robinson

April 15, 2019

Jackie Robinson was the first black Major League Baseball player. He endured intense scrutiny, insults and hostility with great character. He was a well rounded athlete, Army Officer, and was active in the Civil Rights Movement.

Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947. When the Dodgers signed Robinson, they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s.

Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1997, Major League Baseball (MLB) retired his uniform number 42 across all major league teams. He was the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored. MLB also adopted a new annual tradition, “Jackie Robinson Day”, for the first time on April 15, 2004, on which every player on every team wears No. 42.

Jackie Robinson biography (He played a season of semi-pro football in Hawaii)

Jackie Robinson Wikipedia article

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