Today in History | Jackie Robinson Was Born in Georgia

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Baseball legend Jackie Robinson would have been 94 years old today. Many know that he broke the 'color barrier' in Major League Baseball and did so playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. 

That's why Google's landing page features Robinson today.

But did you know he was born to a family of sharecroppers in the small town of Cairo, Georgia? It's west of Valdosta, down near the border of Florida. 

According to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the famed athlete and his family would move when he was still young to California where he would later excel as a star in four sports at UCLA. 

WATCH | The New Trailer for the Movie '42'

Despite his success in other sports, it was Robinson's exploits on the baseball diamond--and his personal strength off the field--that made him a hero to many.

Robinson's number, 42, was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997. No one on any team can wear it anymore except on Jackie Robinson Day--April 15--when everyone in baseball dons his famous number.

Enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, the story of Robinson's life will be told on the big screen this April 12 in the movie simply titled, "42."

PHOTOS | Ballplayers and '42' Cast Around Macon

PHOTOS | Third Street Prepped for Filming

PHOTOS | The Last Day of Filming for '42' in Macon

Shot partially in Macon and around central Georgia, the film was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, and stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the executive who signed Robinson to the team.

The movie also co-stars many faces audiences will recognize, like Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black, Alan Tudyk, Toby Huss and John C. McGinley.

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