Robinson had always been involved in athletics in high school and then later in college. In 1944 he joined one of the African American baseball leagues, called the “Negro Leagues”. There was a movement within baseball to attempt to integrate the sport and the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, was looking for a potential team member that had honor and integrity and had an excellent background. In 1946 he became a member of the all-white team called the Montreal Royals, which was a branch of the Brooklyn Dodgers. This was a moment in history, as he was the first African American baseball player on a white team.
A native of Georgia, Robinson won fame in baseball, football, basketball and track at the University of California at Los Angeles before entering the armed service as a private. He emerged a lieutenant in 1945 and in October of that year was signed to a Montreal contract. Robinson's performances in the International League, which he led in batting last season with an average of .349, prompted President Branch Rickey of the Dodgers to promote Jackie.
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Soon, rival leagues formed in Eastern and Southern states, bringing the thrills and innovative play of black baseball to major urban centers and rural country sides in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
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Jackie Robinson enrolls at UCLA. While there he lettered in four sports, football, basketball, track and baseball. He remains the only athlete to have lettered in four sports in UCLA's history.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia
The U.S. Mint annouces it will commemorate the life of Jackie Robinson by issuing a silver $1 and a gold $5 coin bearing his image. Jackie Robinson is the first African-American to be featured on a U.S. gold coin
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The nation, led by President Bill Clinton, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's historic entry into baseball. Major League Baseball honors him during a nationally televised ceremony at Shea Stadium by retring his number "42" in perpetuity. JRF launches a $12 million endowment campaign with a $1 million gift from Major League Baseball.
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Rachel Robinson steps down as Chairman of JRF's Board of Directors. Leonard S. Coleman, Jr., President of the National League of Major League Baseball, is elected the new Chairman
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JRF's Sports Management Program at St. John's University graduates its first student Elaine Weddington, who goes on to break barriers as the first female assistant general manager of a Major League Baseball team - the Boston Red Sox.
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Jackie Robinson declines a contract from the New York Giants, to whom he had been traded, and retires from baseball. He becomes Vice President of Personnel Relations for Chock Full 'O Nuts