“The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.” - Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s powerful but unwritten color barrier rule 72 years ago today, when he became the first black athlete to join the league — a historic move with immediate social implications. Playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Robinson quickly made an impact on the sport, winning Rookie of the Year during his first season and the National League MVP Award two years later in 1949. Despite leading the Dodgers to six World Series and becoming baseball’s highest-paid player, Robinson still faced adversity due to his race from fans and players alike, and the graceful manner in which the ballplayer overcame these obstacles made an indelible impression that was universally admired. Robinson tore the doors down for athletes of all sports to compete fairly, regardless of race, and his success foreshadowed the Civil Rights Movement that would take place just a few years after his retirement from baseball in 1957.