It is worth noting this morning that today is the 100th birthday of Jackie Robinson … who broke the color line in Major League Baseball when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In the decade that he played for the Dodgers, he won the Rookie of the Year award (in 1947), the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in 1949, was a six-time All-Star, played in six World Series and was on on one World Championship team (in 1955).

Robinson, who passed away in 1972, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 and, in 1997, Major League Baseball retired his number “42” across the entire sport.

KC's View: I’ve always felt that Jackie Robinson isn’t just one of the greatest baseball players ever, but also one of the great Americans of the 20th century … not just a symbol of racial equality and the civil right movement who faced enormous obstacles in his career, but someone who met those challenges with uncommon discipline and courage.