Jackie Robinson’s world-changing life began 93 years ago this month — Jan. 31, 1919. Robinson became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball history when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, opening the door for those who came in later years, from Willie Mays to Andrew McCutchen.
Robinson won the Most Valuable Player award in 1949 and led the Dodgers to the World Series in 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953. The Dodgers lost to the New York Yankees each time.
In 1955, the Dodgers returned to the World Series to once again to take on the Yankees. Known for his aggressive baserunning, Robinson set the tone for the Series by stealing home in Game One. The Dodgers went on to beat the Yankees in seven games to claim their only championship while plying in Brooklyn.