Jackie Robinson was one of the first African Americans to play professional baseball on a desegregated major league team.
In 1945, Jackie Robinson played for the Montreal Royals, which was the minor league team for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He became the first African American in the International League since the 1880s.
Jackie started his professional baseball career for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League. After playing for the minor league team Montreal Royals, he became a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Jackie Robinson met Rachel Isum at UCLA where they attended college. They married in 1946 when Jackie played for the Montreal Royals in the minor leagues. They had 3 children.
On April 15, 1947, Jackie played his first major league game.
Over his 10 year career for the Dodgers, Jackie faced many hardships. Some players didn't want him on their team or playing against them. He was heckled by people in the crowd at many games.
However, other players and fans supported Jackie completely. He drew large crowds of adoring fans to cheer on the baseball hero.
Jackie Robinson retired in 1957. He became a business man working for the NAACP and fighting for civil rights. He became the first African American to be inducted into the Major League Hall of Fame in 1962.
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