In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier and became the first black player to make the jump from the Negro League to the big show when he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since then, the MLB has retired his number across all teams (with Mariano Rivera being the last player to don Robinson’s iconic 42) and yearly celebrations of Jackie Robinson’s Hall Of Fame career and incredible life. Now, Google is jumping into the game with a Google Doodle honoring Jackie Robinson’s 94th birthday.
Though Robinson died too young (passing in 1974 at age 53), he has definitely not been forgotten. In addition to breaking the color barrier, Robinson was the Rookie of the Year in 1947, won a Most Valuable Player award in 1949, won a World Series in 1955 (by besting the New York Yankees), and made six All-Star teams in a loaded era for professional baseball. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.
Robinson is survived by his 90-year-old wife Rachel, who Robinson met as a student at UCLA, where Robinson starred in baseball, football, basketball, and multiple track-and-field events.
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