January 31, 1919: Jackie Robinson is born.
For most of Jackie Robinson’s long journey, from 1947 Rookie of the Year to prematurely aged Dodgers veteran (his major league career lasted only 10 years), LIFE magazine was there, chronicling his baseball triumphs — including Brooklyn’s only World Series title, in 1955 — and his life and achievements away from the diamond. See more photos of Jackie here.
(J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

January 31, 1919: Jackie Robinson is born.

For most of Jackie Robinson’s long journey, from 1947 Rookie of the Year to prematurely aged Dodgers veteran (his major league career lasted only 10 years), LIFE magazine was there, chronicling his baseball triumphs — including Brooklyn’s only World Series title, in 1955 — and his life and achievements away from the diamond. See more photos of Jackie here.

(J.R. Eyerman—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

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