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Birth Year : 1919
Death Year : 1972
Originally from Georgia, Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player in the major leagues. He began his professional baseball career while in the Army, in 1944, as a member of the post team; he was a lieutenant stationed at Ft. Breckinridge, KY. It was there in 1945 that Robinson signed his baseball contract with a Brooklyn Dodgers farm club. In 1947 Robinson became a member of the Dodgers team. For more see Kentucky Historical Marker Database "Baseball Great" [#1762]; and the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000.
See photo image of Jakie Robinson at the Library of Congress website.
Geographic Region: Georgia / Fort Breckinridge [or Camp Breckinridge], Henderson, Webster, and Union Counties, Kentucky (no longer exists)