Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played in six World Series during his career. He was selected to play on the All-Star Team for six years in a row. He paved the way for other African Americans by desegregating baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. His jersey number, 42, was retired. This was the first time any player's number in any professional sport had been retired from use.