Five interesting facts about Jackie Robinson

April 15, 2019

He broke the barrier

On April 15, 1947, or 72 years ago today, Jackie Robinson, baseball’s first black Major League player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day at Ebbets Field.

Middle name honors president

Robinson was named Jack Roosevelt Robinson after President Theodore Roosevelt.

A multisport talent

Robinson attended UCLA, where he was a basketball star, a broad jump NCAA champion in track and field and an All-American football player.

A World Series regular

Six of the Dodgers teams Robinson played for advanced to the World Series, and the 1955 club won the championship.

His number universally retired

On April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of when Robinson broke the color barrier, his uniform number, No. 42, was completely retired by Major League Baseball.