Robinson, Jackie

Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Born: January 31, 1919, Cairo, Georgia
Died: October 24, 1972, Stamford, Connecticut
Played For: 
Kansas City Monarchs (1945), Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1956)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1962

Jackie Robinson burst onto the scene in 1947, breaking baseball's color barrier and bringing the Negro leagues' electrifying style of play to the Majors. He quickly became baseball's top drawing card and a symbol of hope to millions of Americans. With Robinson as the catalyst, the Dodgers won six pennants in his 10 seasons. He dominated games on the basepaths, stealing home 19 times while riling opposing pitchers with his daring baserunning style. Robinson was named National League MVP in 1949, leading the loop in hitting (.342) and steals (37), while knocking in 124 runs.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that in 1941, Jackie Robinson became the first athlete in the history of UCLA to letter in four sports (baseball, football, basketball and track) in the same year?
He could hit and bunt and steal and run. He had intimidating skills, and he burned with a dark fire.
author Roger Kahn