Jackie Robinson, first black Major League Baseball player (The Associated Press)
On this day in history Jackie Robinson, legendary baseball player, born in Cairo, Georgia, on January 31, 1919. Jackie Robinson is the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Before Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, African-American players were restricted to the Negro Leagues for 60 years. Along with becoming the first African-American to play in the Major Leagues, Mr. Robinson has list of other accomplishments. He became the first Black television analyst in Major League Baseball, first Black vice president of a major American corporation, first black Hall of Famer, and in 1949, he was named the National League's Most Valuable Player.