Jack Roosevelt Robinson Born: January 31, 1919, Cairo, Georgia
Died: October 24, 1972, Stamford, Connecticut
Jackie Robinson burst onto the scene in 1947, breaking baseball's color barrier and bringing the Negro leagues' electrifying style of play to the Majors. Jackie quickly became baseball's top drawing card and a symbol of hope to millions of Americans. With Robinson as the catalyst, the Dodgers won six pennants in his 10 seasons.
He dominated games on the base-paths, stealing home 19 times while riling opposing pitchers with his daring base-running style. Robinson was named National League MVP in 1949, leading the loop in hitting (.342) and steals (37), while knocking in 124 runs.
However, some say the first black baseball player to break the color barrier
was Minnie Minoso. The Cuban born major league player continues to stay on the payroll today, working with Chicago White Sox.
Baseball Hall of Fame has so far failed to acknowledge him as a member.