Google, the #1 destination on the internet, commemorated the birthday of the baseball and civil rights legend Jack Roosevelt Robinson with a Google Doodle on the homepage of search engine.
Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. The youngest of five children, his family moved to Pasadena, California when he was a year old. An extraordinary athlete, Jackie Robinson played several sports on a varsity level while in high school. To date, he remains the only American student-athlete to letter in four sports while studying at UCLA.
The enormous cultural impact of Robinson’s barrier breaking feat of integrating Major League Baseball, and his subsequent public and active advocacy for civil and human rights continue to resonate long after his untimely death on October 24, 1972. Jackie Robinson has been lauded for his contributions to both sport and civic leadership. Fifty years ago, the baseball great was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Among numerous accolades, in 1984, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a gold coin was minted in his honor. In 2005, Congress bestowed on him the nation's highest civilian award-The Congressional Gold Medal.
Each year, the Foundation commemorates his life with a birthday celebration. This year, the celebration was held on January 17th at the Foundation's NYC headquarters when two baseball greats were honored – Frank Robinson, the first African-American Manager in Major League Baseball and team owner Jerry Colangelo, the former owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks and NBA's Phoenix Suns.