In 1942, Jackie Robinson was drafted into World War II. After returning from the war, Robinson was offered a chance to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues. It wasn't until the mid 40's that Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, developed an interest in Robinson's character and athletic ability. On April 15, 1947, Robinson made his first appearance as a Major League Baseball player on Ebbets Field before a crowd of 26,623. In 1956, Robinson had 61 runs, a .275 batting average, and 12 stolen bases (biography.com).
Jackie Robinson was well-accomplished by the end of his life. Aside from his incredible stats as a Major League Baseball player, he was also responsible for breaking the color barrier in the sport. He overcame all the harassment and struggles and showed African Americans that they could push forward in the sports world - that nothing was impossible. Along the way, Jackie Robinson married Rachel Islum, and together, they had three children. Jackie Robinson died in 1972 due to heart and diabetes complications (jackierobinson.com).
Thanks to Robinson, the address of 5224 Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, New York will always be part of history. At the house, there is a sign that reads, The first African-American major league baseball player lived here from 1947 to 1949.