Robinson opened the doors for more Black players to enter Major League Baseball. They were finally able to show America what they could do.
Many leaders thanked Robinson for playing a part in the civil rights movement. That movement fought for equal rights for Black people.
Robinson stopped playing baseball in 1956 and died in 1972, but he is still an inspiration today. His daughter, Sharon Robinson, gives one reason for that.
She says, “He knew the importance of standing up for what you believe in.”