Jack Roosevelt Robinson

More than six decades ago, Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey extended Jack Robinson a contract which Robinson signed on this day in 1947.  Five days later, Robinson would play his first MLB game on Opening Day, thus integrating major league baseball.  His journey was not easy as the racial barrier he was breaking was often challenged by ignorance, resistance and violence.  Yet, he persevered and paved the way with class, diligence and resilience.  Though Mr. Robinson’s work for racial equality and first class citizenship for all extended far beyond baseball’s diamond, Jackie will most affectionately be known by two numbers, 42 (his jersey number) and 1 (the first).

-nah

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