Sunday, April 15, 2007

Jackie Robinson honored on three U.S. stamps

Sixty years ago today, baseball great Jackie Robinson made his major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the International News Service website that, "Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in the modern era, and a world of possibility opened for African-Americans...By breaking the color barrier in baseball, Robinson pioneered the integration of professional sports in America."

Robinson, the son of sharecroppers, was born in Cairo, Ga., in 1919. He was a tremendous athlete who became the first man to win letters in four sports (baseball, basketball, football and track)at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, is quoted in the article as saying, "Jackie Robinson changed American society. There's no question about it."

Shown here are three U.S. stamps that have been issued in honor of Jackie Robinson over the years. Most U.S. Presidents are lucky if they have one or two.

To find out more about Jackie Robinson, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM