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The Anniversary of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson’s Birthday is January 31st

The Anniversary of Baseball Legend Jackie Robinson’s Birthday is January 31st

Happy birthday, Jackie Robinson!

Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) is best known as the baseball player who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  As an extremely talented and versatile player, Robinson won the National League Rookie of the Year award his first season and went on to help the Dodgers reach the World Series six times.  In 1949, Robinson won the league MVP award and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Despite his exceptional skill on the field, Jackie faced considerable public backlash due to his race.  However, he always handled the insults and harassment with unparalleled courage and grace and inspired a generation of African Americans who would question the American doctrine of “separate but equal.”  For this reason, Jackie is recognized as one of the forefathers of the Civil Rights Movement.  Jackie’s success in Major League Baseball encouraged the integration of professional football, basketball, and tennis in the years to come.

In 1947, Jackie emerged as an outspoken opponent of racial discrimination.  He publicly criticized the slow pace of integration in professional baseball and spoke out against the Jim Crow laws of the American South.  Jackie and other leading ballplayers urged baseball to use its economic and cultural influence to desegregate Southern towns, hotels, and ballparks.

Upon his retirement in 1957, Jackie focused his efforts on increasing employment opportunities for African Americans throughout the country.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember baseball legend and civil rights activist 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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