First Black Players to Enter Professional Leagues

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Jackie Robinson

There is no other athlete more associated with the term “breaking the color barrier” than Jackie Robinson, who became the first Black player in major league baseball when he signed on to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. 

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