By: Brandon Tretter
Jackie Robinson would have been 100 years old today.
Robinson became the first player to break the colour barrier in Major League Baseball, when he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Having to battle racist taunts and slurs from fans and opposing players, Robinson would hit .297 with 12 home runs and 29 stolen bases. Robinson would win the National League Rookie of the Year that season.
Two years later, Robinson would take home more hardware, when he won the National League MVP award after batting .342 with 16 home runs and 37 stolen bases.
Robinson spent his whole career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. However he did make a stop in Montreal before making his major league debut. He would play 124 games for the Dodgers triple-A affiliate, the Montreal Royals.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.