Jackie Robinson

By R.B.

Family Life

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia He had four siblings and him and his family faced strong segregation. After his father left in 1920, his family moved to Pasadena, California.  

Jackie Robinson was married on February 10, 1946. He had 3 children, 2 sons, Jackie Jr. and David, and one daughter, Sharon.

Sports Life

Jackie Robinson went to John Muir High school. He was an amazing athlete, inspired by his other brother Mack, he played four sports, football, baseball, track, tennis, and basketball. On the baseball team he played two positions, shortstop and catcher, on the football team he was the quarterback, on the basketball team he played guard, and he won the broad jump in track.

After that Jackie Robinson went to Pasadena Junior College. He continued all four of his sports. He was starting quarterback on the football team, he was shortstop and lead off hitter on the baseball team, he was guard in track, and he broke all of the broad jump records at the college which his older brother Mack had set. After that he transferred to UCLA and continued playing four sports. In college, ironically, baseball was considered his worst sport.

After college, for a short time from 1942 to 1945 Jackie was in the military. In 1945, the Kansas City Monarchs, a Negro baseball team, offered him a contract and Jackie began playing for them. In 1947, and playing in the Minors for 2 years, Brach Rickey, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, offered Jackie a contract to play in the major leagues. Jackie accepted, ad was the first African American to play in the MLB. This was his greatest accomplishment. Jackie Robinson was a great baseball player, and he was elected into the baseball Hall Of Fame in 1962.

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