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Jackie Robinson

Jack Roosevelt Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

When the Dodgers signed Robinson, they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

During his 10-year MLB career, Robinson won the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, was an All-Star for six consecutive seasons from 1949 through 1954, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949—the first black player so honored. Robinson played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Series championship.

In 1997, MLB retired his uniform number 42 across all major league teams; he was the first professional athlete in any sport to be so honored. MLB also adopted a new annual tradition, "Jackie Robinson Day", for the first time on April 15, 2004, on which every player on every team wears No. 42.

Jackie Robinson Quotes

1. It kills me to lose. If I’m a troublemaker, and I don’t think that my temper makes me one, then it’s because I can’t stand losing. That’s the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first. - Jackie Robinson

2. I’m grateful for all the breaks and honors and opportunities I’ve had, but I always believe I won’t have it made until the humblest black kid in the most remote backwoods of America has it made. - Jackie Robinson

3. I think if we go back and check our record, the Negro has proven beyond a doubt that we have been more than patient in seeking our rights as American citizens. - Jackie Robinson

4. I don’t let my mouth say nothin’ my head can’t stand. - Jackie Robinson

5. Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life. - Jackie Robinson

6. Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect. - Jackie Robinson

7. But as I write these words now I cannot stand and sing the National Anthem. I have learned that I remain a black in a white world. - Jackie Robinson

8. Discover the truth of today, and perhaps find the greatness of tomorrow. - Jackie Robinson

9. I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. - Jackie Robinson

10. The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity. - Jackie Robinson

11. No matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with. - Jackie Robinson

12. The way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it. - Jackie Robinson

13. The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time. - Jackie Robinson

14. Plenty of times I wanted to haul off when somebody insulted me for the color of my skin, but I had to hold to myself. I knew I was kind of an experiment. The whole thing was bigger than me. - Jackie Robinson

15. I don’t like needing anyone for anything. - Jackie Robinson

16. Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he’s losing; nobody wants you to quit when you’re ahead. - Jackie Robinson

17. I guess you’d call me an independent since I’ve never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label. - Jackie Robinson

18. Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade." - Jackie Robinson

19. I’ve been riding on cloud nine since the election (HOF), and I don’t think I’ll ever come down. Today, everything is complete. - Jackie Robinson

20. We’re in a real crisis situation where many times people are being turned away at the door. - Jackie Robinson

21. This ain’t fun. But you watch me, I’ll get it done. - Jackie Robinson

22. Above anything else, I hate to lose. - Jackie Robinson

23. We have a social responsibility and we are held to a higher standard than other institutions. - Jackie Robinson

24. It isn’t a perfect America and it isn’t run right, but it still belongs to us. - Jackie Robinson

25. Negroes aren’t seeking anything which is not good for the nation as well as ourselves. In order for America to be 100 percent strong — economically, defensively and morally — we cannot afford the waste of having second- and third-class citizens. - Jackie Robinson

26. I think it was one of the greatest times ever in the world to play baseball. Television was in its infancy. Breaking the color barrier. - Jackie Robinson

27. A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. - Jackie Robinson

28. It would make everything I worked for meaningless if baseball is integrated but political parties were segregated. - Jackie Robinson

29. During my life, I have had a few nightmares which happened to me while I was wide awake. - Jackie Robinson

30. There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free. - Jackie Robinson

31. How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts. - Jackie Robinson

32. I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect. - Jackie Robinson
33. If I had been white with the things I did, they never would have allowed me to get out of baseball. - Jackie Robinson