Jackie Robinson

Sport: MLB
Years: 1947-1956
On April 15, 1947 Robinson made his debut as the first black major league player of the modern era in the Dodgers 1947 home opener. Despite racism from some fans, opposing players, and even his own teammates, Robinson won Rookie of the Year honors that season and the National League MVP in 1949. After his Hall of Fame baseball career, Robinson used his fame to stump for various political candidates, including Richard Nixon for president in 1960, Nelson Rockefeller for governor of New York in 1964, and Hubert Humphrey for president (running against Nixon) in 1968.