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Homerun! Let’s Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Birthday

Homerun! Let’s Celebrate Jackie Robinson’s Birthday

Join us as we celebrate baseball star Jackie Robinson’s birthday!

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when we joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  Not only was he the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball, but he also set himself apart as one of the most gifted athletes the sport has ever seen.  During his decade long career, he set a league record for stealing home 19 times, had a batting average of .311, and helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1955.  By the time he retired, Robinson was the highest paid athlete in Dodgers’ history.

Robinson is not only remembered for his incredible athleticism; he is also honored and celebrated as a leading figure in the fight to end racial segregation.  Robinson’s honorable character, belief in nonviolence, and undeniable talent challenged the traditional basis of racial segregation.  His beliefs would go on to inspire and contribute the American Civil Rights Movement.

In honor of this incredible athlete and social activist, we’d like to share more of the amazing facts about Robinson’s life.

1) In addition to excelling at baseball, Robinson was also an accomplished tennis player. He won the junior boys singles championship in the Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament in 1936.

2) Robinson’s older brother Matthew (“Mack”) was also a fantastic athlete.  He won a silver medal in the 200-meter sprint behind Jesse Owens in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

3) Robinson made his Major League debut on April 15th, 1947 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.  That same year he won Rookie of the Year with a batting average of .297, 175 hits, 12 homeruns, and 48 runs batted in.

4) Robinson was a six-time All-Star between 1949 and 1954.

5) Robinson retired from baseball in 1956 due to the effects of diabetes.

6) From 1957-1964, Robinson acted as vice president of personnel for Chock Full O’ Nuts coffee.  He was the first African-American vice president of a major American corporation.

7) In 1962, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, making him the first black athlete to receive the great honor.

8) Robinson was always seen as a major figure in the Civil Rights Movement.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared that Robinson was “a legend and symbol in his own time” who “challenged the dark skies of intolerance and frustration.”

9) On June 4th, 1972, the Dodgers retired Robinson’s uniform number 42.

10) President Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom on March 26th, 1984.

We at  The Maria Sanchez Show invite you to celebrate the life of Jackie Robinson on his birthday.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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