Jackie Robinson - The first African-American to play in the Baseball major leagues, in He endured physical and verbal abuse on and off the field, showing remarkable courage, while helping pave the way for the civil rights movement - Brooklyn Dodgers
This Day In MLB History: 1947 - Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey announced that he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals. Robinson was the first African-American player of the modern era.
April 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the segregation barrier in MLB by becoming the first African-American player in the major leagues. This event challenged the traditional basis of segregation, and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.
Although I strongly dislike the dodgers I respect and admire Jackie Robinson. If you haven't seen 42 I suggest you see it asap! Jackie Robinson in his Brooklyn Dodgers Uniform, from the Records of the U. Information Agency