Jackie Robinson: Did You Know That...
Jackie Robinson was known for breaking baseball’s color line and participation in the Civil Rights Movement, but you probably didn’t know these 6 facts.
- 1.Was the 4th athlete ever to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2005.
- 2.Remains the only student at UCLA to ever earn 4 varsity sports letters in 1 year.
- 3.Became Vice President of Chock Full ‘O Nuts in 1957.
- 4.Jackie Robinson coins were approved to mint by Congress in 1996.
- 5.Hosted a jazz concert at his home in Stamford, CT to raise bail money for jailed civil rights activists. The event was held annually till 2001.
- 6.His number 42 was retired in perpetuity throughout baseball in 1997, 50 years after his historic entry into MLB. He’s the only player in any sport to be honored this way.