Historical Profile: Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Cairo, Ga., and died Oct. 24, 1972, Stamford, Conn.
Robinson was the first African American to play Major League Baseball in the United States during the 20th century. On April 15, 1947, he appeared on the field for the National League Brooklyn Dodgers in a game against the Boston Braves, engineering the integration of professional sports in America by breaking the color barrier in baseball.
Robinson's baseball number was 42, and he also played other sports such as football, basketball, and track.
He was the first African-American vice president of a major American corporation.
Jackie Robinson favorite quotes were "Nobody wants to quiet when he's losing" and "Nobody wants you to quiet when you're ahead."