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The first African American baseball player in the major leagues in the modern era, he helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win the World Series in 1955 and won the National League MVP award in 1949. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
He joined a gang to combat the exclusion of blacks in Cairo, Georgia, but his friend Carl Anderson convinced him to put his energy elsewhere. He was drafted into a cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas, where the race-neutral Officer Candidate School accepted his application.
In 1997, his #42 jersey was retired by all major league teams. His legacy was further honored with the introduction of Jackie Robinson Day, where every player across the league wears #42.
How did Jackie Robinson die?
Jackie Robinson's death was caused by heart attack.
Jackie Robinson, who made history in 1947 by becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues, suffered a heart attack in his home in Stamford, Conn., yesterday morning and died at Stamford Hospital at 7:10 A.M. He was 53 years old.
|Cause of death||Heart Attack|
|Age of death||53 years|
|Birthday||January 31, 1919|
|Death date||October 24, 1972|
|Place of death||North Stamford, Stamford, Connecticut, United States|
|Place of burial||N/A|
"The colonel replied that he didn't care how my men had got the job done. He was happy that it had been accomplished. He said that, obviously, no matter how much or how little I knew technically, I was able to get the best out of people I worked with."Jackie Robinson
"I speak to you only as an American who happens to be an American Negro and one who is proud of that heritage. We ask for nothing special. We ask only that we be permitted to compete on an even basis, and if we are not worthy, then the competition shall, per se, eliminate us."Jackie Robinson
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being."Jackie Robinson
"There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free."Jackie Robinson
"Blacks have had to learn to protect themselves by being cynical but not cynical enough to slam the door on potential opportunities. We go through life walking a tightrope to prevent too much disillusionment."Jackie Robinson