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New Google Doodle celebrates Jackie Robinson

Google Doodle Jackie Robinson

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Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson.

Google is celebrating what would have been the famed baseball player’s 94th birthday today with a new Doodle. The new sound-free Google Doodle, above, features Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s segregated barrier in 1947, swinging a bat and wearing his iconic ‘42’ Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. Robinson passed away in 1972, and posthumously, his number 42 was retired by every team in the MLB in 1997.

Robinson – while always a popular figure –  may have a bit more pop-culture clout this year with the release of the film 42 in April. The biopic, co-starring Harrison Ford, will surprisingly be the first Hollywood film about Robinson since 1950′s The Jackie Robinson Story, which starred Robinson as himself.

Read more:
‘42’ trailer: The historic story of Jackie Robinson, ‘a black man in white baseball’ – VIDEO
‘42’ Movie Preview
‘42’ trailer: Baseball legend Jackie Robinson comes to life

Originally posted January 31 2013 — 11:44 AM EST

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