Jackie Robinson Stamp
Jackie Robinson Commemorative Stamp
- On Aug. 2, 1982, the U.S. Postal Service released a 20-cent
stamp commemorating baseball great Jackie Robinson as the fifth in the
annual Black Heritage series of stamps. First day of issue ceremonies were
held at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
- Robinson was born on Jan. 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia.
When he was young, his family moved to California. At UCLA, Robinson became
a multi-sport athlete -- averaging over eleven yards per carry in football,
leading the conference in scoring in basketball for two years, winning
the NCAA long jump title in track, and becoming a champion swimmer. After
spending a year playing minor league baseball in Canada, Robinson made
history when he broke professional baseball's color barrier by playing
for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Not only did Robinson excel at the game,
but was masterful at controlling his emotions in the face of opposition
to his playing. But breaking the color barrier was only one of many "firsts"
for Robinson. He was also the first black to win the MVP award, the first
black elected to the Hall of Fame (1962), and the first professional baseball
player ever to appear on an American postage stamp. Upon retiring from
baseball, Robinson starred in a movie about his life, wrote several autobiographical
works, and had a weekly newspaer column and radio show. In 1972, the Dodgers
retired Jackie Robinson's number. That same year, he died in Stamford,
Conn. on Oct. 24.
- For other information on Jackie Robinson, click here.
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