The World Series: Jackie Robinson/Brooklyn Dodgers

Overcoming incredible obstacles, Jackie Robinson made history in the 1947 World Series becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues—as first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

General Manager Branch Rickey, known for making decisions based on his knowledge of the Bible, believed Jackie Robinson was the man to help desegregate professional baseball.

Acknowledging what Robinson would endure, he said: “I’m looking for a ballplayer with guts enough not to fight back." Quoting from Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel, he said, “. . .but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

On “Jackie Robinson day,” every major league athlete puts on the retired #42 in honor of one of the game’s true Baseball Hall of Fame legends!

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