9. Jackie Robinson

The iconic Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the first African-American to play major league baseball, and another great player who played baseball in Hot Springs. A 34-year old Robinson came to Hot Springs during his sixth year in the big leagues, 1953, to play in a Major League exhibition game. The second-baseman turned utility star electrified fans with his all-out style and toughness and was coming off a year where he led the Dodgers to a National League pennant and finished with a .329 batting average adding 95 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases. Jackie Robinson pioneered the integration of professional athletics in America and is a true legend of the game. He played here at Jaycee Field.