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The Story of Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson Day

Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with MLB and Capital One

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Jan. 31, 1919

Jackie Robinson is born to Jerry and Mallie Robinson, the youngest of 5 children

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Feb. 15, 1939

Robinson enrolls at UCLA, where he plays football, basketball, track and baseball

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Early 1945

Robinson joins the Negro Leagues’ KC Monarchs, hitting .375 in an All-Star season

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Oct. 23, 1945

Robinson signs with the Montreal Royals, a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team

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Feb. 10, 1946

Robinson marries Rachel Isum -- their first child, Jackie Robinson Jr., is born in November 1946

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April 15, 1947

Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers and goes on to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award

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Fall 1949

Robinson bats .342 with 124 RBIs and 37 steals en route to National League MVP honors

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Sept. 28, 1955

Robinson steals home in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series

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Fall 1956

Robinson announces his retirement and becomes a VP for Chock full o’Nuts

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July 23, 1962

Robinson is inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility

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Oct. 24, 1972

Robinson passes away in North Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 53