January 31st, 2013
On this date in 1919, Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, GA. Robinson grew up in Southern California and he attended Muir High School, Pasadena Junior College and UCLA. He was a four-sport letterman with the Bruins (football, track, baseball, basketball) and he played professional football prior to World War II with the Honolulu Bears and Los Angeles Bulldogs. He was scouted in the Negro Leagues by former Brooklyn catcher Clyde Sukeforth and Dodgers president Branch Rickey and he signed a pro contract with Brooklyn in October 1945. He played with the Dodgers from 1947-56 and was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962.