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Jackie Robinson looks over the Brooklyn Dodgers' roster (Credit: AP)

Jackie Robinson looks over the Brooklyn Dodgers' roster in Havana, Cuba. (Feb. 27, 1947)

Jackie Robinson's life in photos

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball when he first played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. His number 42 jersey is retired in perpetuity across Major League Baseball. Every season on April 15, every player across MLB wears the No. 42 to honor Robinson.

Jackie Robinson in uniform at Camp Hood in
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Jackie Robinson in uniform at Camp Hood in Texas. He served in the "Black Panthers" unit during World War II.

Jackie Robinson played basketball for UCLA.
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Jackie Robinson played basketball for UCLA.

Jackie Robinson during football training at University of
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Jackie Robinson during football training at University of California campus in Westwood, Calif. (Sept. 20, 1939)

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Jackie Robinson signs a contract with the Montreal
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Jackie Robinson signs a contract with the Montreal Royals. (Oct. 23, 1945)

Jackie Robinson in his Kansas City Monarchs uniform
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Jackie Robinson in his Kansas City Monarchs uniform on the day he signed a contract with the Montreal Royals. (Oct. 23, 1945)

Jackie Robinson in 1945.
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Jackie Robinson in 1945.

Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, 16 days
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Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, 16 days after their wedding. (Feb. 26, 1946)

Jackie Robinson takes a swing during spring training
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Jackie Robinson takes a swing during spring training in Sanford, Florida. (March 4, 1946)

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Jackie Robinson reports to the Montreal Royals club
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Jackie Robinson reports to the Montreal Royals club in Sanford, Florida for spring training. (March 4, 1946)

Jackie Robinson practices his fielding during spring training.
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Jackie Robinson practices his fielding during spring training. (March 4, 1946)

Jackie Robinson in his Montreal and Dodgers uniforms.
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Jackie Robinson in his Montreal and Dodgers uniforms. (April 11, 1947)

Jackie Robinson poses in his Montreal uniform. (April
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Jackie Robinson poses in his Montreal uniform. (April 18, 1946)

Jackie Robinson crosses the plate after hitting a
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Jackie Robinson crosses the plate after hitting a home run in Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ. The Royals beat the Jersey City Giants 14-1. (April 18, 1946)

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Jackie Robinson looks over the Brooklyn Dodgers' roster
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Jackie Robinson looks over the Brooklyn Dodgers' roster in Havana, Cuba. (Feb. 27, 1947)

Jackie Robinson signs his contract with the Brooklyn
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Jackie Robinson signs his contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. (April 10, 1947)

Jackie Robinson plays first base at Ebbets Field
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Jackie Robinson plays first base at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. (April 11, 1947)

Jackie Robinson plays first base at Ebbets Field
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Jackie Robinson plays first base at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. (April 11, 1947)

Jackie Robinson gets ready to bat at Ebbets

Jackie Robinson gets ready to bat at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. (April 11, 1947)

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Burt Shotton, appointed to succeed Leo Durocher as
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Burt Shotton, appointed to succeed Leo Durocher as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, talks with Jackie Robinson and other teammates at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan. (April 18, 1947)

Jackie Robinson and Phillies manager Ben Chapman pose
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Jackie Robinson and Phillies manager Ben Chapman pose for a photo before a game in Philadelphia. (May 9, 1947)

Jackie Robinson drops the bat and takes off
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Jackie Robinson drops the bat and takes off for first base after bunting in the fifth inning at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. (July 3, 1947)

Members of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers pose for
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Members of the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers pose for a team photograph at Ebbets FIeld. (Sept. 20, 1947)

Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, receive the
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Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, receive the keys to a new car from tap dancer Bill Bojangles Robinson. (Sept. 23, 1947)

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Jackie Robinson is caught in the middle between
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Jackie Robinson is caught in the middle between the Yankees' pitcher and shortstop as he tries for third base in the first inning of the 1947 World Series opener. Robinson was tagged out by the shortstop. (Sept. 30, 1947)

Jackie Robinson signs autographs for fans in the
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Jackie Robinson signs autographs for fans in the stands during Dodgers' spring training in the Dominican Republic. (March 6, 1948)

Jackie Robinson argues with an umpire before being
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Jackie Robinson argues with an umpire before being ejected from a game for the first time in his major league career. (Aug. 24, 1948)

Jackie Robinson makes his debut as a sportscaster
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Jackie Robinson makes his debut as a sportscaster for radio station WMCA in Manhattan. (Nov. 15, 1948)

Jackie Robinson attempts to steal home at Wrigley
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Jackie Robinson attempts to steal home at Wrigley Field. (May 17, 1949)

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Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese
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Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese pose with St. Louis Cardinals Eddie Kazak and Albert Schoendienst. (June 1, 1949)

Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Jackie
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Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson pose at the 16th annual All-Star Game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. (July 12, 1949)

Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, arrive at
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Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, arrive at Capitol Hill. Robinson was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about the loyalty of blacks to the United States. (July 18, 1949)

Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, outside the
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Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, outside the House Un-American Activities Committee Hearing Room in Washington, D.C. (July 18, 1949)

Jackie Robinson plays football at a baseball writers'
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Jackie Robinson plays football at a baseball writers' outing in Bear Mountain, New York. (Aug. 15, 1949)

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The Brooklyn Dodgers are greeted by fans as
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The Brooklyn Dodgers are greeted by fans as they arrive at LaGuardia Airport. (Sept. 23, 1949)

Branch Rickey, president and part owner of the
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Branch Rickey, president and part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, talks to Jackie Robinson at Yankee Stadium. (Oct. 4, 1949)

Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel. (Nov. 17,
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Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel. (Nov. 17, 1949)

Jackie Robinson talks to his son, Jackie Robinson
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Jackie Robinson talks to his son, Jackie Robinson Jr., during a scene change during shooting of the "Jackie Robinson Story." (Feb. 20, 1950)

From left, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil
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From left, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges and Jackie Robinson pose with a snowman on the diamond of Ebbets Field after a mid-spring snowfall caused the cancellation of their game against the Yankees. (April 14, 1950)

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Jackie Robinson and Willard Marshall demonstrate the
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Jackie Robinson and Willard Marshall demonstrate the "big mitt" fielding form. (Dec. 18, 1951)

Jackie Robinson in 1952.
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Jackie Robinson in 1952.

Brooklyn Dodgers players Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson,
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Brooklyn Dodgers players Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, and Preacher Roe celebrate after a win over the Yankees. (Oct. 3, 1952)

Jackie Robinson looks at his wife Rachel as
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Jackie Robinson looks at his wife Rachel as she holds their second son, David, at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan. (May 15, 1952)

Jackie Robinson's wife and children gather close to
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Jackie Robinson's wife and children gather close to help him blow out the candle on a cupcake as they celebrate the Brooklyn Dodgers infielder's 35th birthday at home in St. Aldans, NY. (Jan. 31, 1954)

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Jackie Robinson, 38, empties his locker at the
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Jackie Robinson, 38, empties his locker at the clubhouse of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball club in Ebbets Field, closing out a ten-year starring stint with the club. (Jan. 7, 1957)

Jackie Robinson sits behind his desk in the
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Jackie Robinson sits behind his desk in the offices of the Chock Full O' Nuts Company in Manhattan. (Jan. 7, 1957)

Jackie Robinson meets Fidel Castro in Manhattan. (April
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Jackie Robinson meets Fidel Castro in Manhattan. (April 23, 1959)

Vice President Richard Nixon shakes hands with Jackie
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Vice President Richard Nixon shakes hands with Jackie Robinson in Plainfield, NJ. (Oct. 4, 1960)

Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, in their
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Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel, in their home in Stamford, Conn. (Jan. 23, 1962)

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Jackie Robinson poses with the plaque presented to
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Jackie Robinson poses with the plaque presented to him during induction ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. (July 23, 1962)

Jackie Robinson with Martin Luther King, Jr. in
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Jackie Robinson with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.

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