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A Lasting Impression
On the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut, Rachel Robinson remembered him as a real American hero. Watch ESPN Video
 

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THE BOOK ON JACKIE
Cal Fussman's book examines Jackie Robinson's impact on American life and culture through the voices of those he inspired. ESPN.com will run excerpts from Fussman's book between now and the 60th anniversary of Robinson's major league debut on April 15, 1947.

• Henry Aaron
• Torii Hunter
• Frank Robinson
• Billy Williams
• Maury Wills
• Don Newcombe
• "A Definition of Pressure"
• "Permission To Dream" (Henry Aaron)
JACKIE ROBINSON FACTS
BORN Jan. 31, 1919, Cairo, Ga.
MLB DEBUT April 15, 1947, vs. Boston (NL), Ebbets Field
HIGHLIGHTS .311 BA, '47 NL ROY, '49 NL MVP, 1 WS title
FINAL GAME Sept. 30, 1956, vs. Pittsburgh, Ebbets Field
HALL OF FAME Inducted in 1962 -- 78% of vote
DIED Oct. 24, 1972, Stamford, CT

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