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January 31, 2013 is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s 95th Birthday

Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson  was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era.

At UCLA, Jack became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. In 1941, he was named to the All-American football team. Baseball was Robinson’s “worst sport” at UCLA; he hit .097 in his only season, although in his first game he went 4-for-4 and twice stole home.

In 1945, Robinson played one season in the Negro Baseball League, traveling all over the Midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs.

Major League Baseball had not had an African American player since 1889 when baseball. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Born: January 31, 1919 Died: October 24, 1972

Movies: The Jackie Robinson Story

Books: I never had it made

Awards:

  • Congressional Gold Medal of Honor
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • National League Most Valuable Player

Education:

  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pasadena City College (1937 – 1939)
  • John Muir High School  Pasadena, California

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At the end of Robinson’s rookie season he became National League Rookie of the Year with 12 homers, a league-leading 29 steals, and a .297 average.
In 1949, Robinson was selected as the NL’s Most Valuable player of the Year. He won the batting title with a .342 average that year. Over ten seasons, he played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers’ 1955 World Championship.

Jackie Robinson was selected for six consecutive All-Star Games from 1949 to 1954. He was the recipient of the inaugural Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949—the first black player so honored.

Major League Baseball “universally” retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams; he was the first pro athlete in any sport to be so honored. Since that time, Major League Baseball has adopted a new annual tradition, “Jackie Robinson Day,” in which all players on all teams wear #42.

As a result of his great success,
Jackie was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Links:

The Jackie Robinson Story (movie):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1lKrsJwTC0

What’s My Line (Mystery Guest TV appearance):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LaRkuU-YjM

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