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Jackie Robinson Was Born January 31st, 1919

Jackie Robinson Born January 31st, 1919

This weekend, we get to celebrate the birthday of a great man: Jackie Robinson.

Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson used America’s pastime to challenge America’s stereotypes, and we still remember him today for shattering racial segregation in the Major League Baseball (MLB) – and across our country. This Sunday, we can honor his birthday. Jackie Robinson was born on January 31st, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia.

When the Brooklyn Dodgers called up second baseman Robinson to the major leagues in 1947, it made history, ending racial segregation in the MLB. An exceptional player, there was no question Robinson deserved to be on the field. Even so, his being there was an anomaly. Up until that point, black players had been confined to Negro Leagues.  The Negro Leagues were generally comprised of United States professional baseball leagues and the teams were predominantly made up of African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latin Americans.

Not only did Robinson break the color line in baseball, he was an All-Star for six straight seasons and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award. He was the first professional athlete to have his number – 42 – retired across all major league teams.

Robinson wasn’t just a talented athlete. His nonviolent involvement in the Civil Rights movement helped gain traction towards the equal rights we see today. He is a man well worth remembering on his birthday!

The Maria Sanchez Show will be celebrating Jackie Robinson’s birthday, and all this admirable man accomplished, this Sunday!

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