“I’m not concerned with you liking or disliking me. All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”
Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s “color barrier” when he broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Robinson was named Rookie of the Year in ’47, and two years later Jackie not only won the National League batting title, he also was named the League’s Most Valuable Player. Jackie Robinson was a six-time All-Star who played on six Pennant Winners and one World Championship team with the Dodgers.
Robinson also excelled in football, basketball and track at UCLA.
Jackie Robinson was inducted in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962.
Jackie Robinson’s number 42 has been retired by Major League Baseball teams.
Jackie Robinson faced many challenges when he broke into the Major Leagues. Some opposing players and some fans were openly hostile toward Robinson. It is difficult enough to hit a baseball when conditions are good, let alone to hit and to play the game when people are acting in an abusive manner toward you.
Jackie Robinson was a great competitor who triumphed in the face of adversity. Jackie was all about winning.
Jackie Robinson paved the way for people of color to play in the Major Leagues. Robinson’s impact on the game of baseball and on American Society was enormous.