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

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Profession(s)Baseball Player | Professional Baseball Player | 

Born: January 31, 1919, Died: October 24, 1972

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base 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. (Source + full bio: Wikipedia.org)