Today, we remember a baseball legend and a hero in many people's eyes. On April 15th, 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in U.S. Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Throughout his baseball career, Jackie Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947, was named an All Star for six consecutive seasons from 1949 to 1954, won the National League MVP award in 1949 becoming the first African American to win the award, played in six World Series, and helped the Dodgers win the 1955 World Series championship. Jackie Robinson's impact was felt on and off the baseball diamond as he paved the way for African Americans in baseball as well as in everyday life through his contributions to the civil rights movement. On April 15th, 1997, Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson by retiring his number 42 for all teams and marking this day to always be Jackie Robinson Day. So, on this day we celebrate the life and legacy of #42 Jackie Robinson.
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