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Jackie Robinson baseball sports art painting by artist John Robertson is 50" x 70" acrylic on unstretched canvas.
Jackie Robinson quote:
"Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead". ~Jackie Robinson
How good was Jackie Robinson as a major league player. Well, MLB has a special day every year when they celebrate his achievements – April 15 (of course that is tax day also but they chose that day because it was April 15, 1947 when he played his first game in the majors at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. And why do they celebrate him? Because he was the first African American Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. He broke down the racial segregation barrier which had, in the past, relegated African-Americans to the Negro leagues for six decades.
He won Rookie of the Year in 1947 with a batting average of .297, 175 hits, 12 home runs, and 48 runs batted in. In ten seasons he played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Championship. He was selected for six consecutive All-Star Games from 1949 to 1954, was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 – the first black player so honored. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 and he was the first African American inducted at the Cooperstown Hall of Fame and Museum In 1997, Major League Baseball retired his uniform number, 42, across all major league teams.
Robinson died of a heart attack on October 24, 1972 in
at age 53. He played himself in The
Jackie Robinson Story, a biopic about his life released in 1950. When April 15,
2004, became Jackie Robinson Day all uniformed players in Major League Baseball
were required to wear number 42 on their jerseys to honor Robinson’s memory and
legacy to the sport Stamford, Connecticut