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Robinson changed the face of baseball

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:34 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 24, 1972

Challenging the prevailing social tide, Jackie Robinson single-handedly changed the face of baseball -- and America. A Hall of Famer, family man, civil rights leader and national hero, Robinson dies today at 53 after suffering a heart attack in his home in Stamford, Conn.

For sociological impact, Robinson was perhaps America's most significant athlete. He made history in 1947 by becoming the first African-American to play in the major leagues in the 20th ...

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