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Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson!

Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson!

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie Robinson, single-handedly raised Jackie and her four other children. They were the only black family on their block, and the prejudice they encountered only strengthened their bond. From this humble beginning would grow the first baseball player to break Major League Baseball's color barrier that segregated the sport for more than 50 years.

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“42” – On DVD and Blu-ray

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Celebrates its 40th Anniversary