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JACKIE ROBINSON Baseball Robinson broke the MLB color
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JACKIE ROBINSON
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Robinson broke the MLB color barrier in 1947 as a second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was also the first black MVP, winning the award in 1949, and the first African-American Hall of Famer, inducted in 1962. His number is now retired throughout Major League Baseball.
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Black pioneers in sports history

Look back at some of the notable black pioneers in sports history, including baseball, the Olympics, basketball, college basketball, boxing, golf, tennis, football, college football, hockey and wrestling.

Compiled by Bobby Bonett and Ashley Melfi