12 facts you may not know about Jackie Robinson

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On Wednesday, Major League Baseball continued one of its greatest traditions: the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day.

This year, the event marked the 68th anniversary of Robinson's historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947, which officially broke baseball's color barrier.

Jackie Robinson was so much more than a baseball player, his talents were endless. Here are 12 interesting facts about the legendary pioneer.

In 1947 Jackie’s salary was $5,000, plus a $3,500 bonus.
In 1947 Jackie’s salary was $5,000, plus a $3,500 bonus.
In 1947 Jackie’s salary was $5,000, plus a $3,500 bonus.
Jackie was the first athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports in a single year.
Jackie was the first athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports in a single year.
Jackie was the first athlete in UCLA history to letter in four sports in a single year.
In 1950, Robinson made his acting debut when he played himself in <i>The Jackie Robinson Story</i>, a movie about his life.
In 1950, Robinson made his acting debut when he played himself in The Jackie Robinson Story, a movie about his life.
In 1950, Robinson made his acting debut when he played himself in The Jackie Robinson Story, a movie about his life.
Athleticism ran in the Robinson family. Jackie's brother Mack won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics. He finished second to Jesse Owens. Mack Robinson, right, is shown winning the 200-meters dash in the far western Olympic tryouts in 21.1 seconds, one tenth of a second better than the Olympic record held by Eddie Tolan in Los Angeles, June 27, 1936.
Athleticism ran in the Robinson family. Jackie's brother Mack won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics. He finished second to Jesse Owens. Mack Robinson, right, is shown winning the 200-meters dash in the far western Olympic tryouts in 21.1 seconds, one tenth of a second better than the Olympic record held by Eddie Tolan in Los Angeles, June 27, 1936.
Athleticism ran in the Robinson family. Jackie's brother Mack won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics. He finished second to Jesse Owens. Mack Robinson, right, is shown winning the 200-meters dash in the far western Olympic tryouts in 21.1 seconds, one tenth of a second better than the Olympic record held by Eddie Tolan in Los Angeles, June 27, 1936.
During basic training Jackie Robinson met boxer Joe Louis, the two became friends.
During basic training Jackie Robinson met boxer Joe Louis, the two became friends.
During basic training Jackie Robinson met boxer Joe Louis, the two became friends.
Robinson was also a pioneer for African-Americans in sports broadcasting when he became the first African-American TV sports analyst. He worked as an analyst for ABC&rsquo;s Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts. Robinson later worked as a part-time broadcaster for the Montreal Expos in 1972.
Robinson was also a pioneer for African-Americans in sports broadcasting when he became the first African-American TV sports analyst. He worked as an analyst for ABC’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts. Robinson later worked as a part-time broadcaster for the Montreal Expos in 1972.
Robinson was also a pioneer for African-Americans in sports broadcasting when he became the first African-American TV sports analyst. He worked as an analyst for ABC’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week telecasts. Robinson later worked as a part-time broadcaster for the Montreal Expos in 1972.
Jackie&rsquo;s middle name, Roosevelt, came from President Theodore Roosevelt.
Jackie’s middle name, Roosevelt, came from President Theodore Roosevelt.
Jackie’s middle name, Roosevelt, came from President Theodore Roosevelt.
While Robinson was dealing with the backlash of the racism in baseball, Pee Wee Reese was one of his biggest supporters.
While Robinson was dealing with the backlash of the racism in baseball, Pee Wee Reese was one of his biggest supporters.
While Robinson was dealing with the backlash of the racism in baseball, Pee Wee Reese was one of his biggest supporters.
Jackie was a star tennis player. He won the junior boys singles championship in the Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament. Jackie Robinson and his wife are photographed at the U.S. Open tennis tournament on September 1, 1951 in the Forest Hills neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
Jackie was a star tennis player. He won the junior boys singles championship in the Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament.
Jackie was a star tennis player. He won the junior boys singles championship in the Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament. Jackie Robinson and his wife are photographed at the U.S. Open tennis tournament on September 1, 1951 in the Forest Hills neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
In 1942 Jackie Robinson was drafted into the army. During his military time he refused to sit at the back of an unsegregated bus and arrested by military police. Robinson was prohibited from being deployed and never saw combat during WWII.
In 1942 Jackie Robinson was drafted into the army. During his military time he refused to sit at the back of an unsegregated bus and arrested by military police. Robinson was prohibited from being deployed and never saw combat during WWII.
In 1942 Jackie Robinson was drafted into the army. During his military time he refused to sit at the back of an unsegregated bus and arrested by military police. Robinson was prohibited from being deployed and never saw combat during WWII.
When Jackie Robinson was in high school he won the city's table tennis championship.
When Jackie Robinson was in high school he won the city's table tennis championship.
When Jackie Robinson was in high school he won the city's table tennis championship.

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