Interesting Facts About Jackie Robinson You Probably Didn’t Know!
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Interesting Facts About Jackie Robinson You Probably Didn’t Know!

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ROBINSON FACTS

  • Born: January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia   Died: October 24, 1972, in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Major league debut: April 15, 1947
  • Teams: Kansas City Monarchs (1945) – Negro Leagues; Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1956)
  • Awards: Six-time All-Star (1949-1954), National League MVP (1949), Rookie of the Year (1947)
  • Career Statistics: .311 batting average, 1,518 hits, 137 home runs, 734 RBI, 740 walks, 947 runs scored, 197 stolen bases

JACKIE’S IMPACT AS A PLAYER

From Jackie’s major league debut in 1947 until 1959, when the Boston Red Sox became the last of the 16 teams to integrate, African Americans won nine Most Valuable Player awards, nine Rookie of the Year awards, five Home Run titles, four league batting crowns and a Cy Young

The African-American players capturing major awards in this span:
Hank Aaron (1956 BAT, 1957 HR, 1957 MVP, 1959 BAT);
Ernie Banks (1958 HR, 1958, 1959 MVP);
Joe Black (1952 ROY);
Roy Campanella (1951, 1953, 1955 MVP);
Orlando Cepeda (1958 ROY);
Larry Doby (1952, 1954 HR);
Junior Gilliam (1953 ROY);
Sam Jethroe (1950 ROY);
Willie Mays (1951 ROY, 1954 MVP, 1954 BAT, 1955 HR);
Willie McCovey (1959 ROY);
Don Newcombe (1949 ROY, 1956 MVP, 1956 CYA);
Frank Robinson (1956 ROY);
and
Jackie (1947 ROY, 1949 MVP, 1949 BAT).

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Source: http://baseballhall.org

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