Jackie Robinson was the first black person to play baseball in the major leagues.
An outstanding all around player with a lifetime batting average of .311. The fans found Jackie to be an exciting player with great base running ability. Robinson, always a threat to steal home, got the fans on their feet; as he left third to steal.
Across the country baseball fans would turn on their radios to listen to the broadcast of Jackie Robinson streaking around the bases. Robinson drew 740 career walks and scored 947 runs.
Voted the Most Valuable Player in 1949 and voted into the "Hall of Fame".
We salute you, Mr. Jackie Robinson! You made baseball the great game that it is today!
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Around 70 percent of the men listed on American Heroes, including Jackie Robinson, served in the US Military, and we are proud to call them American Heroes... many who served saw battle action during World War I or II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War or were veterans in other conflicts.
Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson joined the military in 1918, was sent overseas to the Western Front, got a whiff of poison gas which caused Tuberculosis in both lungs and died in 1925 at age 45. Red Sox slugger Ted Williams flew 42 missions over Korea in 1951-52 after also serving during World War II.
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