Athletes' Most Heroic Acts

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  • Dikembe Mutombo Donates Nearly $15 Million to Help Build Hospital
  • Arthur Ashe Wimbledon
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jim Brown
  • Maurice Cheeks helps little girl finish national anthem
  • Pat Tillman killed in friendly fire, Pat Tillman 10-year anniversary, Arizona Cardinals, Sports heroes
  • Muhammad Ali Refuses to Army Induction
  • Billie Jean King
  • Jesse Owens 1936 Berlin Olympics Hitler
  • Kevin Durant Donates $1 Million to Oklahoma Tornado Disaster Relief

Jackie Robinson Ends Racial Segregation in Baseball

As the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and effectively was the beginning anchor in ending racial segregation in the sport for good. Robinson would go on to play 10 seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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