Jackie Robinson Day celebrated across baseball world

Associated Press

It was 67 years ago Tuesday that baseball – and the world as a whole – changed forever. On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball.

Jackie's impact on our society and sports is immeasurable. The majority of the sports world took to social media today to honor and thank him for what he did.

Robinson's landmark career spanned 10 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 through 1956. During that time, Jackie won a World Series, hit 137 home runs and drove in 734 runs. 

He also earned the National League's Most Valuable Player award in 1949 and went to six All-Star games.

Before making history in pro baseball, though, Robinson was a standout, multi-sport athlete at UCLA who lettered in four sports. Not only did he play a key role for the Bruins' football program in the late 1930's, he won an NCAA outdoor track and field national championship in the long jump in 1940.

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