Explore images of baseball legends and Hall of Famers featured in Ken Burns: Baseball. Jackie Robinson became the first African American to break the color barrier and play baseball in the major leagues on April 15th, 1947. The addition of Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers' team roster ended racial segregation of the game. Babe Ruth was one of the most celebrated and iconic athletes of his time. He played for the Boston Red Sox in 1914-1919, and later with the New York Yankees in 1920-1934, before his retirement in 1935.