Baseball and American icon Jackie Robinson would have been 100 on Thursday, and Major League Baseball – and New York City – were planning many centenary celebrations.
Robinson, the first African American to play In the MLB with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, he not only changed the sport forever, but also helped change the history of the United States.
On Thursday, Robinson will be opening an exhibition at the Museum of New York City titled "Im Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend." The exhibition will last until September 15.
"The Centennial existence of his birth is an opportunity for MLB to teach the historical importance of Jackie Robinson and to recognize younger people, as he has impacted on baseball and society, "said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.
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In addition, the MLB is planning a full year of events in honor of Robinson.
The celebration begins at Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, where the team collaborates with "Worthy of Love" to house 300 children. Sing to a Robinson statue "Happy Birthday". "Worthy of Love" is a charity working with children who experience homelessness. The annual Jackie Robinson Day celebrations, where each player wears the # 42, and a traveling Robinson exhibit are also available.
Robinson played for ten seasons in the major bands and won the 1947 Rookie of the Year's National League MVP Award in 1949. As a six-time All-Star, he helped the previously hapless Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1955 New York Yankees to defeat.
Prior to his death on October 24, 1972, Robinson made significant contributions to the civil rights movement. He was the first black television analyst in the MLB and the first black vice president of a large corporation – Chock full o 'Nuts. He also helped found the Freedom National Bank. Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson poses in his posture. Robinson broke through the color barrier of baseball when he joined the Dodgers in April 1947 and was later named National League Rookie of the Year. Two years later, Robinson was named the most valuable player in the National League. Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson poses in his posture. Robinson broke through the color barrier of baseball when he joined the Dodgers in April 1947 and was later named National League Rookie of the Year. Two years later, Robinson was named the most valuable player in the National League.