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President Bush Signs Legislation Honoring Jackie Robinson

October 29, 2003, 9:17 PM

(Washington-AP) -- President Bush has signed legislation awarding Congress' highest honor to baseball hall of famer Jackie Robinson. It comes more than half a century after the former Brooklyn Dodger broke major league baseball's color barrier.

Congress voted to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Robinson earlier this month, recognizing his achievements in sports, civil rights and business.

Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues since the 19th century when he played for the Dodgers on April 15th of 1947. He retired after ten seasons, winning six pennants and one World Series with the Dodgers. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, ten years before his death.

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