Jackie Robinson breaks baseball color barrier with Brooklyn Dodgers contract on Oct. 30, 1945.

Written by on October 30, 2023

Legendary infielder Jackie Robinson made history on Oct. 30, 1945, when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first Negro, as Blacks were called then, to play for a Major League team.

The Georgia native was an athletic quadruple threat, and as a student at the University of California Los Angeles, he lettered in baseball, football, basketball and track. After leaving the Army as a lieutenant, he signed with the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1946. After helping the team win the “Little World Series,” he was promoted that same year to play for the Dodgers.

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