Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on 31st January 1919 in Cairo, Georgia to the family of sharecroppers. His mother, Mallie Robinson raised him and his three brothers and one sister single-handedly. He was the youngest of five children; his father left his family when he was very small.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first person to break the colour barrier in baseball, by becoming the first African-American player in the 20th century. With this he also opened the door for many other players. He will be remembered forever for his contribution to his game.
The United States of America had issued this one dollar commemorative coin to honour him for his contribution towards sports. The obverse of this coin depicts Jack Robinson stealing home plate, as he did during a 1955 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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