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Jackie Robinson

Major League Register

Yrs. G AB H 2b 3b HR
10 1,382 4,877 1,518 273 54 137
734 947 740 291 197 .311 .474

Player Biography: 
Exciting and controversial, Jackie Robinson broke the color line and became the first black player to play in the major leagues. In 1945, while batting .345 with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro League, Robinson met Branch Rickey, President and GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey told him the only way to win acceptance was to let his skills do the talking. It would be a struggle and Rickey urged him to marry his girlfriend Rachel for he would need all the support he could get. In February, 1946, he married her and a few weeks later his journey would begin. Robinson was assigned to the Montreal club in the International League. There, he was converted from shortstop to second base and led the league in batting at .349. In 1947, Robinson was promoted to the Brooklyn Dodgers for spring training. On Opening Day, 1947, the color line was broken when Jackie took his position at first base against the Boston Braves. Rickeys claims were correct as some Dodger players demanded to be traded. Ugly racial slurs from other players and fans made it very difficult, but Robinson never fought back the whole season. What he did do was win the Rookie of the Year award, batting .297 with 12 home runs and a league leading 29 stolen bases. In 1948, he moved to second where he would spend most of his playing career.  In 1949, he won the National League's Most Valuable Player award. In 1956, at the age of 37 and signs of him slowing down, Jackie was traded to the New York Giants. Twenty three days after the trade, Robinson announced his retirement to spend more time with his wife and three kids. This negated the trade and angered both the Dodgers and the Giants. At the age of 53, Jackie passed away, but his legacy was left for the black players who have followed him. Jackie led the way.

Brooklyn Dodgers 1947-1956

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