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Transcript of His Life
In 1995 Jackie played one season in the Negro Baseball League. But in 1947 , the Brooklyn Dodgers approached him about playing for him. The Major League had not had a African-American player since 1889.
At the end of his rookie season, he had become the National League Rookie of the year with 12 homers, a league-leading 29 steals, and a 297 average. In 1949 he became NL's most valuable player. He also won the batting title by an average of 342, that same year.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo Georgia in 1919. He was born to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie raised him and her four other kids all at the same time. They were the only black family on the block, and the prejudice they got just made them bond together more. Jackie grew to be the first baseball player to break the color barrier in baseball