Jackie Robinson was born on Friday, January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jackie Robinson baseball stats page.
"Give me five players like (Jackie) Robinson and a pitcher and I'll beat any nine-man team in baseball." - Manager Chuck Dressen in Some Were Giants (R. K. Vaughan, Xlibris Publishing, 07/30/2010, Page 55)
Jackie Robinson Autograph on a 2001 Legendary Cuts Baseball Card (#C-JR)
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Jackie Robinson Miscellaneous Items of Interest
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was a Major League Baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1954). When Jackie made his big league debut on April 15, 1947 , he broke the baseball color line and became the first African-American to play in the majors in the modern era. Do you know what African-American made his debut 50+ years before Jackie? [ Answer ]
Did you know that when Jackie Robinson finished his first season ( 1947 ) in the majors, he won the inaugural Rookie of the Year — a baseball award that had not existed until that same exact year he made his debut in the majors?
Did you know that Jackie Robinson lettered in baseball, basketball, football, and track at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1941 — their first athlete to letter all four of those sports during the same year?
Did you know that when Jackie Robinson hit for the cycle on August 29, 1948 , he also scored three runs, drove in two runs, and stole a base? Too easy? It was also a rare reverse cycle (HR, 3B, 2B, 1B); Jackie collected his home run in the first inning, tripled in the third, hit a two-bagger in the fourth frame, and finished the cycle in reverse order when he hit a single in the eighth!
Did you know after Jackie Robinson received 12 first place votes in the 1949 MVP race, well ahead of the runner-ups; Stan Musial (5 first place votes), Enos Slaughter (2 first place votes), Pee Wee Reese (2 first place votes), Carl Furillo (2 first place votes) and Ken Heintzelman (1 first place vote), he became the first black player to receive the Most Valuable Player Award ?
Did you know that Jackie Robinson successfully stole home nineteen times during his career, tied for the ninth most in baseball history? [ Stolen Base Records ]
Did you know that the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for Second Basemen was first given in 1957, but had it been done earlier, Jackie Robinson would have probably received a few of them? Jackie had the best fielding average at second base in the National League in 1948, 1950, 1951, and turned the most double plays (at 2B) for four straight years (1949-1952)!
Did you know that Jackie Robinson was traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers after the 1956 season, to the New York Giants , for Dick Littlefield and $30,000? Jackie refused to report and the trade was voided on December 13, 1956.
Did you know that Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, on their first ballot, the first players enshrined on their first ballot since the inaugural class of 1936? [ First Ballot Hall of Fame Inductees ]
Did you know when Tommy Davis had 230 hits in 1962 , he broke the Dodgers franchise record for hits in a season by a right-handed batter, once held by Jackie Robinson, who tied the original mark, set in 1921 (tied in 1922 ), when he swatted 203 hits in 1949 ? Do you know the name of the batter Jackie tied? [ Answer ]
Did you know that Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a brief, but stirring eulogy at the burial for Jackie Robinson — who died on October 24, 1972 — which took place at Cypress Hill Cemetery, in Brooklyn New York?
Did you know that when the United States Post Office featured Jackie Robinson on a 20-cent postage stamp in 1982, it was the first time an individual big leaguer ever received the honor? A baseball centennial stamp was released in 1939, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the "invention" of the game, but no single player had ever been chosen to appear on a USPS issue until Jackie Robinson was selected!
Did you know that President Ronald Reagan posthumously awarded Jackie Robinson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984, an honor he gave to 102 individuals during his presidency, but to only one Major League Baseball player ?
Did you know that when Major League Baseball retired #42 , April 15, 1997, for every team at the same time, President Bill Clinton delivered a Jackie Robinson Speech in the 5th inning of a game played in Shea Stadium?
Did you know that The Sporting News , in 1998, published a list of the 100 Greatest Players in baseball history, and Jackie Robinson was named the 44th greatest player ever?
Did you know that historian David Colbert wrote a unique history book called 500 Years of American History in the Words of Those Who Saw It Happen , that was published in 1998, and included the following Leo Durocher quote (Page 505): "Ya want a guy that comes to play. This guy (Jackie Robinson) didn't just come to play. He come to beat ya. He come to stuff the goddamn bat right up your ass."
Did you know that in 1999, a panel of experts assembled by Major League Baseball, selected an All Century Team , based on fan voting, and Jackie Robinson received 788,116 votes, the most by any second baseman?
Did you know that the Seventh Edition of Total Baseball , published in 2001, included this Willie Mays quote, "Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson," and after reading it, Baseball Almanac built a page of quotes about Jackie Robinson and quotes from Jackie Robinson ?
Did you know that Baseball Almanac, on the 30th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's death (October 24, 2002), created an enhanced box score of his legendary debut game which included the following fact — Jackie Robinson was the first black player to take the field during an Opening Day game?
Did you know that baseball historian Bill James, in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (2003 Edition), ranked Jackie Robinson as the 32nd greatest player of all time, and the 4th greatest second baseman ever?
Did you know that every April 15th, since 2004, is officially designated Jackie Robinson Day , and all current players wear #42 that day?
Did you know when Dee Gordon won the batting title (.333) in 2015 , he also led the senior circuit in stolen bases (58)? Why did we mention that here? The last time a National League player led his league in batting average and stolen bases was 1949 , by Jackie Robinson, who hit .342 with 37 steals!
Did you know that Jackie Robinson wrote an autobiography, I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson , that was published the year he died, and it is not only still in print, it appears through today on the Top 50 Best Sellers in Baseball Biographies?
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