Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball, ending the racial segregation of baseball in 1947. Playing first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers he was selected M.L.B. Rookie of the Year. Robinson was an All-Star for six seasons, won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949 and played in six World Series. He played with the Dodgers in their 1955 World Series championship. After his professional baseball career, Jackie Robinson became the first black television analyst in the M.L.B., was the first black president of a major American corporation and helped establish the Freedom National Bank in Harlem, NY. In 1962, Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 1984 was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Jackie Robinson was the most dangerous base runner since Ty Cobb, taking long leads and threatening to steal a base on every pitch. He stole home 19 times in his career. In 1954 he became the first national leaguer to steal all the way around the bases in over 25 years and was one of only 12 players to ever steal home during the World Series. His player #42 was permanently retired shortly before his death.
This Jackie Robinson history mug is part of our African American History series which includes many of the unique individuals who played an important part in molding America’s history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.