By: Chase Sumner
Born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues in 1947, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Throughout his decade-long career with the Dodgers, Robinson made advancements in the cause of civil rights for black athletes. In 1955, he helped the Dodgers win the World Series. He retired in 1957 with a career batting average of .311. Robinson died in Connecticut in 1972.
- Born:January 31, 1919, Cairo, GA
- Born in: Cairo, GA
- Made the baseball Hall of Fame.
- In 1954 He made the All-Star team.
- In 1952 he Lead the league with an on-base percentage of .440
Did you know:
Jackie was the youngest of five children