Sport Remembering Jackie Robinson's top five career highlights

17:45  15 april  2017
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Baseball will celebrate Jackie Robinson on Saturday. (Photo: HH, AP). CONNECTTWEET LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. In his later years, Jackie Robinson admitted that he was nervous before his Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves on the afternoon of April 15, 1947.

As we recognize the life of one of America’s great sports heroes, here are the top five highlights of Jackie Robinson ’ s illustrious career .

FILE - In this April 15, 1947, file photo, from left, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball players John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose at Ebbets Field in New York. The first statue in Dodger Stadium history belongs to Jackie Robinson. The team will unveil his likeness during Jackie Robinson Day festivities on Saturday, April 15, 2017, with his wife and extended family in attendance on the 70th anniversary of him breaking baseball's color barrier (AP Photo, File) © (AP Photo, File FILE - In this April 15, 1947, file photo, from left, Brooklyn Dodgers baseball players John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson pose at Ebbets Field in New York. The first statue in Dodger Stadium history belongs to Jackie Robinson. The team will unveil his likeness during Jackie Robinson Day festivities on Saturday, April 15, 2017, with his wife and extended family in attendance on the 70th anniversary of him breaking baseball's color barrier (AP Photo, File)

In his later years, Jackie Robinson admitted that he was nervous before his Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves on the afternoon of April 15, 1947. Not because he was about to become the first black player in the majors, breaking the color barrier. But because he was playing first base.

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Remembering Jackie Robinson ' s top five career highlights . In his later years, Jackie Robinson admitted that he was nervous before his Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves on the afternoon of April 15, 1947.

Remembering Jackie Robinson ' s top five career highlights . In his later years, Jackie Robinson admitted that he was nervous before his Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves on the afternoon of April 15, 1947.

A career second baseman, the Dodgers had Robinson work at first during his last season in the minor leagues before he was called up, and Robinson's only worry was that he might not perform to the level he wanted.

Robinson performed well enough at first to be named Rookie of the Year. He ended his Hall of Fame career with a .311 lifetime batting average, 197 stolen bases (19 steals of home), an MVP award and six All-Star Game appearances.

Today is the 70th anniversary of the day Robinson broke that color barrier, and baseball will honor him with ceremonies around the league and with a statue at Dodger Stadium.

Later in his career and then in retirement, Robinson spoke out for civil rights, most famously in his last public appearance before Game 2 of the 1972 World Series, when baseball honored the 25th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier. After receiving an award, Robinson said, "I'm extremely proud and pleased to be here this afternoon. But I must admit, I'm going to be tremendously more pleased and more proud when I look at that third-base coaching line one day and see a black face managing in baseball."

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Remembering Jackie Robinson ' s top five career highlights . Dodgers' Jackie Robinson steals home as Boston Braves catcher Bill Salkeld is thrown off-balance on the throw to the plate during the fifth inning on Aug.

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He died of a heart attack nine days later. Frank Robinson became baseball's first black manager in 1975, leading the Cleveland Indians.

In honor of Robinson's anniversary, we take a look at five of his greatest moments on the field.

April 15, 1947

Although he had played second base most of his career, Robinson made his debut for the Dodgers playing first against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. He went 0 for 3 at the plate, but scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh after reaching second on an error after attempting a sacrifice bunt. He scored on a double from center fielder Pete Reiser. Game stories focused more on Reiser's hit than Robinson's debut. The impact was made in the stands, however, as an estimated 60% of the crowd was black -- including a young pitcher named Don Newcombe, who would later join Robinson on the Dodgers' roster.

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Celebrate the career of Jackie Robinson , not only was Robinson one of the greatest players in the history of the MLB, he was His spectacular numbers at the plate and stellar play in the infield earned Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year honors for the 1947 MLB season and a top five finish in MVP

Jack Roosevelt " Jackie " Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball second baseman who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era.

Aug. 29, 1948

Robinson hit for the cycle in a 12-7 win against the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman's Park. He homered in the first inning, a two-run shot off Harry Brechreen. He tripled off Ted Wilks to open the third inning. He doubled off Al Brazle in the top of the fourth. He lined out to center in the sixth, then singled off Gerry Staley in the eighth. He finished 4 of 6 with two RBIs, a stolen base and three runs scored. He was the first Dodgers player to hit for the cycle in four seasons and is still just one of eight in team history.

Nov. 18, 1949

After his third season, his best statistically, Robinson was named the National League's most valuable player. The overall points in the voting was somewhat close -- 264-226 against Stan Musial -- but Robinson got 12 first-place votes to Musial's five. Robinson led the league with a .342 batting average and led the majors with 37 steals, both career highs (he also had a career-high 12 triples). He was also named to the first of six straight All-Star teams.

Sept. 30, 1951

Not only was this a big game for Robinson and the Dodgers -- his home run led to a 9-8 comeback against the Philadelphia Phillies on the final day of the regular season -- it led to one of baseball's best moments. The win kept the Dodgers tied with the New York Giants, and they played a three-game playoff that the Giants won on Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World."

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4. How did you come to your estimates for Jackie Robinson ’ s hit total when you assumed that he was 20. years old in 1947? Did you have him reaching 3000 hits in his career ? The card may have originally sold in a one-card pack for one cent or in a five -card pack for five cents.

All of those things are worth remembering , particularly as baseball recognizes April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day, and it’s fair to Fortunately, advanced statistics help to highlight Robinson ' s on-field achievements, and • SI VAULT: The two weeks in 1947 that shaped Jackie Robinson ' s career . In other words, our best estimates show that Robinson was a top - five player in the NL ever year from

Sept. 28, 1955

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1955, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson safely steals home plate under the tag of New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra in the eighth inning of the World Series opener at New York's Yankee Stadium. With pinch-hitter Frank Kellert at bat, Robinson beat the throw from Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford. Umpire is Bill Summers makes the call. Berra, who played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer, and was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, of natural causes at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum. He was 90. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File) © (AP Photo/John Rooney, File FILE - In this Sept. 28, 1955, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers' Jackie Robinson safely steals home plate under the tag of New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra in the eighth inning of the World Series opener at New York's Yankee Stadium. With pinch-hitter Frank Kellert at bat, Robinson beat the throw from Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford. Umpire is Bill Summers makes the call. Berra, who played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer, and was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, of natural causes at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum. He was 90. (AP Photo/John Rooney, File)

It has become one of the most iconic moments in World Series history and Robinson's career: Stealing home in Game 1 of the Series against the New York Yankees. The steal came in the eighth inning off Whitey Ford and around the tag of catcher Yogi Berra -- who was furious that Robinson was called safe. The run cut the Yankees' lead to one, but they won that game 6-5. But the Dodgers won the series, the only one of Robinson's career.

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