Robinson debuts five days after signing with Dodgers
The six-time All-Star won the batting title during his MVP season of 1949 and was the National League stolen base leader twice, compiling 197 for his career, 19 of which were steals of home.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 - his first time on the ballot - Robinson later became the first professional athlete to have his jersey retired across their sport. In honor of his NL debut, each year on April 15 baseball celebrates “Jackie Robinson Day.” On this day, each MLB team wears the number 42 in honor of the late Robinson.
“Give me five players like Robinson and a pitcher and I’ll beat any nine-man team in baseball” said Dodgers manager Chuck Dressen.
Nick Anapolis was a public relations intern at the Baseball Hall of Fame