1938 - He was named the region's Most Valuable Player in baseball
1941 Jackie Robinson met his wife Rachel at UCLA
1942 He joined the Army and served during World War II
1945 He was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus
All charges were latter dropped against him
1945 He joined the Kansas City Monarchs
It was a Negro American League Baseball Team
1946 Jackie Robinson and Rachel Islum got married
They had three children together, Jackie Jr, Sharon and David
1946 He joined the Montreal Royals a farm team for the Dodgers
This was his step into the white Professional Baseball league. He was recruited by Branch Rickey
1947 He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers
He was first African-American player in Major League Baseball. The owner Branch Rickey knew it would be rough for him so he tested his ability to stay calm while people were insulting him.
1947 Jackie is voted the first ever major league Rookie of the Year.
This was the first time they ever offered this award to anyone. Two years later it became a standard for each league to vote on a Rookie of the year
1949 Jackie is voted the National Baseball leagues Most Valuable Player
1955 The Dodgers claim their first World Championship
1957 Jackie retires from professional baseball
1962 Jackie is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
1971 Jackie Robinson Jr is killed in a car accident
1972 Jackie Robinson died of a heart attack in his house
1973 The Jackie Robinson Foundation is established
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships to 141 Jackie Robinson Scholars, for the year. The students attend more than 60 colleges and universities nationwide. Over 3,000 requests for scholarships are received each year.
1997 Jacki Robinson's number 42 is retired across all MLB teams
MLB celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jackie breaking baseball's color barrier by retiring his number 42 in perpetuity.
2005 Jackie is awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
It is presented to his family in an official ceremony