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1 .   January 31, 1919

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, was born in Cairo, GA, on this date in 1919.

2 .   April 10, 1947

Jackie Robinson signed a contract and became the first modern black professional baseball player on this date in 1947.

3 .   April 15, 1947

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, played his first game on this date in 1947. Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. His number was permanently retired on this date in 1997-the 50th anniversary of his first game.

4 .   June 27, 1914

Wendell Smith, columnist for the Pittsburgh Courier, a weekly publication, was born on this date in 1914. Smith is, perhaps, best known for his role in getting Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball.

5 .   July 3, 1962

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, became the first black person named to the Baseball Hall of Fame on this date in 1962.

6 .   August 2, 1982

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, was commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp on this date in 1982--the fifth in its Black Heritage USA series

7 .   August 27, 1997

A strip of Highway 93 in Georgia named for Jackie Robinson was dedicated on this date in 1997. This area lies between Cairo and Breckston, GA.

8 .   September 17, 1947

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, was named National League "Rookie of the Year" on this date in 1947.

9 .   September 30, 1947

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, became the first black person to compete in the World Series on this date in 1947.

10 .   October 15, 1945

Brooklyn Dodger's President, Branch Rickey, announced, on this date in 1945, that Jackie Robinson would play for their farm club, the Montreal Royals.

11 .   October 23, 1945

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, signed his historic contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers on this date in 1945. Robinson was then sent to their Montreal Royals farm club to play in the International League.

12 .   October 24, 1972

Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the major leagues, died in Stamford, CT, on this date in 1972.

13 .   October 25, 1958

The Youth March for Integrated Schools in Washington, DC, was held on this date in 1958. Jackie Robinson, Asa Philip Randolph, and Harry Belafonte led the march, which included some 10,000 students.

14 .   November 26, 1972

Wendell Smith, columnist for the Pittsburgh Courier, a weekly publication, died on this date in 1972. Smith is, perhaps, best-known for his role in helping to get Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball.

15 .   December 8, 1956

Jackie Robinson, baseball great, received the 41st NAACP Spingarn Medal on this date in 1956 for his superb sportsmanship, for his pioneer role in opening up baseball for blacks to explore, and for his civic consciousness.

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