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24/01/1962 1st African American is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson inducted into baseball "Hall of fame"; scenes from...HD Stock Footage

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Jackie Robinson Biography

In his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson encouraged voters to consider only his on-field qualifications, rather than his cultural impact on the game. He was elected on the first ballot, becoming the first black player inducted into the Cooperstown museum.