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Happy 100th, Jackie Robinson!

The man best known for breaking big league baseball’s color barrier — and for stealing home plate every now and again — would have celebrated his centennial Thursday, January 29th. Jackie Robinson is a cultural icon to millions, but most importantly, he was a pillar of the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush and Bedford-Stuyvesant, he lived in during his time with the Dodgers who was known for handing out candy to the local kids after games.

To celebrate his birthday, the Museum of the City of New York unveiled an exhibit Thursday that delves into his personal side — with rare home movies, never-before-seen photos and memorabilia. Robinson’s number 42 is the only number ever to be retired by every team in Major League Baseball. Despite facing a constant onslaught of taunting, high-spike slides and death threats, he won Rookie of the Year honors in 1947. Robinson was only 53 when he died in 1972.

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