Jackie Robinson's Grand Slam Legacy

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, better known as the New York Dodger's everyman Jackie Robinson. Playing first base, second base, shortstop and general infield, Robinson broke barriers throughout this career, from social to athletic. He played baseball from 1947 to 1956 and was the first professional baseball player featured on a U.S. postal stamp. Robinson's career flourished during the tumultuous Civil Rights era, at which time he was drafted into a racially segregated military. Yet Robinson didn't let discriminatory attitudes hold him back. He refused to adhere to racist segregation policies, became one of the first black pro-athletes and in 1949 lead the league in batting average and number of stolen bases.

Now, decades later, Robinson's influences can be seen everywhere throughout modern baseball. He continues to receive honor and accolades even posthumously due to his unwavering dedication and talent to the sport. Learn more about Jackie Robinson's amazing life through interviews and archival footage.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 28, 2015

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