In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American man to play in the Major Leagues. His number retired throughout baseball in 1997. Played for Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-56. From his Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque: "Leading NL batter in 1949. Holds fielding mark for second baseman playing in 150 or more games with .992. Led NL in stolen bases in 1947 and 1949. Most Valuable Player in 1949. Lifetime batting average .311. Joint record holder for most double plays by second baseman, 137 in 1951. Led second baseman in double plays 1949-50-51-52.
Universally retired by MLB in 1997