Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues in 1947, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1947, National League MVP in 1949 and a World Series champ in 1955.
JACKIE ROBINSON VOICE FOR AFRICANS
Robinson also became a vocal champion for African-American athletes, civil rights, and other social and political causes. In July 1949, he testified on discrimination before the House Un-American Activities Committee
DATE OF BIRTH
January 31, 1919, Cairo, GA
HE ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in baseball's major leagues.