Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson

In 1945, Jackie played one season in the Negro Baseball League, traveling all over the Midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs. But greater challenges and achievements were in store for him. In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey approached Jackie about joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Major Leagues had not had an African-American player since 1889, when baseball became segregated. When Jackie first donned a Brooklyn Dodger uniform, he pioneered the integration of professional athletics in America. By breaking the color barrier in baseball, the nation's preeminent sport, he courageously challenged the deeply rooted custom of racial segregation in both the North and the South.

Jackie Robinson

Originally born Jack Roosevelt Robinson on January 31st, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. Breaking the color barrier,Jackie was the first African American to play for the major leagues.

Jackie died from heart problems and diabetes complications on October 24th, 1972, in Stamford, Conneticut.

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."-Jackie Robinson

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