Useful Notes / Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919—October 24, 1972) was a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. While an amazing athlete in many respects, he's most remembered for being the first black player to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. While black players appeared in top-level professional baseball in the 1870s and 1880s, an informal but rigidly enforced color line emerged in the latter decade, which led to the creation of the Negro Leagues in the early 20th century. Robinson, who started in the Negro Leagues, was the first black player to break into MLB since then. His impact was so great that his jersey number, 42, is retired across the entire MLB.

Appears in the following works:

  • Brooklyn Bridge (TV show)
  • The Jackie Robinson Story, a Non-Actor Vehicle biopic starring the man himself as himself.
  • The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson, a TV biopic covering Robinson's Army service in World War II, starring Andre Braugher in the title role.
  • 42, a biopic about Robinson, named after his jersey number, and starring Chadwick Boseman in the central role.