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Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson was credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Robinson, the first African American to play Major League Baseball, was signed with the Brookly Dodgers on April 15, 1947, named “Rookie of the Year” in 1947, and World Series Champion in 1955. Robinson died on October 24, 1972 from complications from diabetes. He was 53.

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I had the distinct honor of introducing Robinson’s only daughter Sharon Robinson recently at Mass Communications Day at Virginia State University. Robinson is the educational consultant for Major League Baseball. She manages Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life a baseball-themed national character education curriculum that helps empower students to face obstacles in their lives.


Watch a wonderful video about the life and legacy of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson: #42

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