Timeline: The integration of Major League Baseball

Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Here's a chronological look at when baseball's other teams integrated.

Ernie Banks

Credit: AP, 1962

Chicago Cubs

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub," made his debut for Chicago playing shortstop and batting seventh during a 16-4 loss to the Phillies on Sept. 17, 1953. Banks went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, with an error, a placid beginning to a Hall of Fame career. Banks, who switched to first base in 1962, posted 10 top-20 finishes in the MVP voting during his 19-year career, winning the award in 1958 and 1959. The 14-time All Star batted .274 lifetime with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBIs. He led the league in home runs twice: 47 in 1958 and 41 in 1960. He led the league in RBIs twice: 129 in 1958 and 143 in 1959. During his 1958 MVP campaign, he also led the league with 379 total bases and a .614 slugging percentage. He played his last game in 1971, retiring after spending his entire career with the Cubs.

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