Today in Sports History: April 10

In 1947, former American professional baseball player, Jackie Robinson, became the first African American player in the 20th century to sign a Major League Baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson paved the way for many athletes after him in supporting equal rights for everyone. 

From 1947 until 1956, Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers as Second Baseman. Within 1,382 games played, Robinson had 4,877 At-Bats, 1,518 Hits, 947 Runs, and 137 Home runs. His batting average was .311 with an On-Base percentage of .409. His slugging average was .474 with an On-base Plus Slugging of .883. 

He was named the MLB Rookie of the Year in 1947, the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player in 1949, and consecutive NL All-Star from 1949 until 1954. In 1955, Robinson led the Dodgers to the World Series Championship against the New York Yankees. They ended up winning 2-0, which won their first World Series in organization history. 

Robinson retired after the 1956 season and was later inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 for his unmatchable fight, incredible career, and outstanding accomplishments. In 1972, the Los Angeles Dodgers retired his uniform number, 42, and unfortunately, within the same year Robinson passed away due to heart complications. His legacy and grateful impact on the sport of baseball will live on forever.

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