​October 23, 1945: Branch Rickey Signed Jackie Robinson To A Minor League Contract

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The President of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, signed Jack “Jackie” Roosevelt Robinson to a minor league contract with the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers’ International League affiliate, for the 1946 season.

This contract would be the beginning of breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

The 26 year old that went by Jackie, had been a star running back at UCLA before joining the military following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of ’41.

Read more about Robinson’s signing at:  Daily Black History Facts

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