Robinson, Jackie(born: 1919 - died: 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 major league team. For more see Kentucky Historical Marker Database "Baseball Great" [search marker #1762]; and the Kentucky Encyclopedia 2000.