Michael Sam and 7 Other Historic Firsts on the Field

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1. Michael Sam

Michael-Sam

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This past weekend Michael Sam was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, making him the league’s first openly gay player. The 23 year old defensive end marked the historical accomplishment with a celebratory kiss to his boyfriend and later stated to the media,”The moment my name was called was the single greatest moment of my life.”

2. Jackie Robinson

Jackie-Robinson

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In 1947 Jackie Robinson slammed through racial boundaries when he became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in the modern era, hitting a major home run for the Civil Rights movement.

3. Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi-Yamaguchi

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Kristi Yamaguchi coasted into the American spotlight during the 1992 Winter Olympics when she became the first Asian-American woman to bring back a gold medal for the U.S.

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