Jackie Robinson broke the Major Leagues Baseball’s color barrier when he became the first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15th, 1947.

Before making history, African American baseball players suited up for teams only in the Negro Leagues.

April 15th is known as Jackie Robinson Day throughout the entire MLB franchise. Robinson spent ten years with the Dodgers and set the stage for the civil rights movement. His older brother, Mack inspired him growing up when he became a silver medalist in track and field in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

The year 1997 marked 50 years since Robinson integrated baseball and his number, 42 was permanently retired by every team in the MLB.

“Above anything else, I hate to lose.” – Jackie Robinson


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