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Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to play in the major leagues since the 1880s, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball, which had relegated black players to the Negro leagues for six decades. Signs of racial discrimination in professional sports continued to decline over the latter half of the twentieth century. The example of his character and unquestionable talent challenged the traditional basis of segregation, which then marked many other aspects of American life, and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.

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California Hall Of Fame - Exhibit Highlights (2007) - Jackie Robinson
... Jackie Robinson’s Signed baseball, Life Magazine 1950 Jackie Robinson on cover, May 8, 1950, Civil rights memorabilia, 1948 Jackie Robinson decal bat ...
Atl Braves - Achievements - Retired Numbers
... Hank Aaron's 44, Dale Murphy's 3, Phil Niekro's 35, Eddie Matthews' 41, Warren Spahn's 21 and Jackie Robinson's 42, which is retired for all of baseball with the exception of Yankees ... the uniform design at the time the person was on the team (excluding Robinson) ... P Phil Niekro P Eddie Mathews 3B Jackie Robinson – Hank Aaron OF Tom Glavine P ...
Jackie Robinson (disambiguation)
... Jackie Robinson (1919–1972) was the first African-American major league baseball player of the modern era ... Jackie Robinson may also refer to Jackie Robinson (basketball) (born 1955), American professional basketball player Jackie Robinson (footballer) (1917–1972), British footballer who played for ...
Bo Sox - Retired Numbers
... LF, DH Coach Retired 2009 Carlton Fisk C Retired 2000 Jackie Robinson – League Wide Retired 1997 See also List of Major League Baseball retired numbers The ... In commemoration of Jackie Robinson Day, MLB invited players to wear the number 42 for games played on April 15, Coco Crisp (CF), David Ortiz (DH), and DeMarlo Hale (Coach) did that ... Starting in 2009, MLB had all uniformed players for all teams wear #42 for Jackie Robinson Day ...
Jackie Robinson - Awards and Recognition
... According to a poll conducted in 1947, Robinson was the second most popular man in the country, behind Bing Crosby ... Baseball writer Bill James, in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, ranked Robinson as the 32nd greatest player of all time strictly on the basis of his performance on the field, noting that he was ... Robinson was among the 25 charter members of UCLA’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984 ...

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