Jackie Robinson, who lived from 1919 to 1972, was an American baseball player who became famous for being the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary baseball player:
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The 1997 MLB season was dedicated in his honor. This season marked the 50th anniversary of the first African American to play professional baseball.
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His uniform number, 42, was first retired by the Dodgers. It was eventually retired by Major League Baseball in 1997. On a side note, the last baseball player who wore the number was Mariano Rivera.
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An unfortunate fact about the legendary baseball player is that he suffered from many physical ailments during his last years. Some of the ailments that he suffered from were blindness, weak legs, and complications from diabetes.
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Besides being able to hit for contact, he was also a fast runner. When he retired from professional baseball, he had stolen 197 bases during his career.
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Like many other civil rights activists, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Sadly, these were posthumous awards.
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One of his best seasons was in 1949. During this year, he was able to hit for an excellent batting average, .342, and he stole 37 bases. For having such a tremendous season, he was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player.
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A famous singer, Chuck Berry, wrote about him in his song “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man.” This song was about Robinson’s athletic talent.
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Jackie Robinson actually played himself in the 1950 movie The Jackie Robinson Story. Another movie that was about him was released in 2013. The name of the movie is 42. The actor who played Robinson is Chadwick Boseman.
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Another interesting fact about the Hall of Fame baseball player is that he was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. The reason he was elected is that he played on a minor league team in Montreal before being a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Jackie Robinson Facts #10:
He was a firm believer in civil rights. He once stated that, “Civil rights is not by any means the only issue that concerns me – nor, I think any other Negro. As Americans, we have as much at stake in this country as anyone else. But since effective participation in a democracy is based upon enjoyment of basic freedoms that everyone else takes for granted, we need make no apologies for being especially interested in catching up on civil rights.”
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“Jackie Robinson Biography,” Biography.com.