Happy Jackie Robinson Day! How the legend impacted the world

An April 18, 1948 portrait of Brooklyn Dodgers' infielder Jackie Robinson. (AP Photo)

He's known best for breaking the color barrier in baseball, but Jackie Robinson had a huge impact outside of professional sports.


April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day, celebrating the anniversary of when Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, effectively breaking the sport's longstanding color barrier in the process. Aside from his massive accomplishments in baseball, Robinson accomplished quite a fair amount off the field as well.

Robinson was a civil rights activist, an executive at Chock full O'Nuts and a newspaper columnist outside of his time with the Dodgers. Robinson was gifted at many sports besides baseball: In college, he was a four-time varsity athlete at UCLA (baseball, football, basketball and track) and after his MLB career ended, Robinson even served as a professional sports broadcaster for ABC.

After his death, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984, the highest civilian honor one can be awarded in the United States.

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