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Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. 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.

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Did you know… After attending Pasadena City College in southern California, Jackie Robinson transferred to UCLA. There, he was the first and only student at the time, to earn a varsity letter in four sports: football, track, basketball, and baseball.

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Jackie Robinson Stamp

Hmm, I think he's one of the most inspirational people ever. He even made history on a postage stamp. Check it out (:

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a great movie based on Jackie Robinson's story

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Jackie Robinson changed not just baseball but history.

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