The Starting Five: Best MLB Players That Played College Basketball

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America

4. Jackie Robinson – UCLA
Jackie Robinson is known for breaking the color barrier in the MLB. He’s also looked at as one of the greatest second basemen of all time. He was also the first person to ever letter in four varsity sports at UCLA. To this day, nobody in the school’s history has ever been able to accomplish the same feat. Robinson played basketball, football, track, and baseball while at UCLA, but some say he was a better basketball player than he was a baseball player. Robinson had lightning fast speed, great ball-handling ability, and threw down thunderous dunks. Dunking was also something that not a lot of players used in their game during this time period. Former NBA player, Connie Hawkins, chose number 42 in honor of Robinson. Hawkins is looked at as a player that legends like Julius “Dr. J” Irving and Michael Jordan modeled their game after. So it just so happens a number of players followed after Jackie Robinson as well.

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