A Personal Photolog: Jackie Robinson from Childhood to His Last Day

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Jackie Robinson is one of baseball’s most revered icons. He was the first black man to play in the major leagues, appearing as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. He essentially helped end the segregation against black players in professional sports, particularly in baseball. Before he joined the Dodgers, all colored players before Robinson were relegated to playing in the Negro Leagues.
Not that he was just picked because he was black, but he was also one of baseball’s best players. He finished his career with a .311/.409/.474 batting line, making the All-Star team for six consecutive seasons from 1949-1954. He also won the NL MVP in 1949. In 1997, MLB retired his number 42, with Yankee great Mariano Rivera the last one to wear his jersey. Robinson died of a heart attack on October 24, 1972. Let’s take at look at some of the best photos of this baseball great, from his childhood up until his last days.