He was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in and in he became the first professional athlete in any sport to have his number retired when 42 was universally removed across all major league teams.
Jackie was inspired by his older brothers to pursue his love of sports and while in high school he lettered in football, baseball, track and basketball. In the s, other professional sports were insignificant in comparison to baseball.
In the s there were numerous western expansion and mergers and by the end of the decade there were major franchises in California.
While there he became the first athlete to letter in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track.
Before s began the minor league baseball shrunk to the point it was barely half its original size. He went on to have one of the most celebrated careers in baseball history.
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