Jackie Robinson

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
made by ER

Jackie Robinson was born on January 1,1919 in Albany, Georgia and died October 24, 1972.

Significant Events in History that Affected Jackie's Life

  • World War 2
  • 1936 Olympics
  • Vietnam War

Jackie's Childhood

Jackie grew up in an all white neighborhood and was discriminated everyday. Jackie's father abandoned him when he was only  16 months old but Jackie stilled loved his family and they were all very close. He played lots of sports and excelled in everyone of them as a young child.

People Who Influenced Jackie's Life

  • Mallie (mother) - encouraged Jackie to do his best and to stand up for himself.
  • Willa (sister) - a supporting loving sister.
  • Edgar (brother) - helpful caretaker and loving brother.
  • Frank (brother) - encouraged Jackie and admired his athletic talent.
  • Mack (brother) - inspiring role model for Jackie.

Unique facts...

  1. Jackie was the youngest out of five children.
  2. He played and was good at four sports.
  3. He followed in his brother Mack's footsteps in a athletic career.
  4. He served in the army.
  5. He also had diabetes and died of it.

Accomplishments

  • Jackie enrolled in UCLA and excelled in four sports.
  • Breaks the color line by playing for the Montreal Royals.
  • He got named rookie of the year for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • He led his baseball team (Dodgers) to defeat the Yankees to win the World Series.
  • He was elected into the hall of fame.

The theme of Jackie's life was...

Jackie Robinson promoted the ideas that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. If you work hard enough there is not anything you can't do, even if some people think otherwise.

Jackie's words of advice and what he has taught me...

  • "Jackie, you got a lot of good in you! But you don't belong in a gang. You're following the wrong crowd because you don't want to be thought of as different, of bein' chicken. But it takes real guts to do what is right, even when it's not easy. Boy, don't break your mama's heart." - Carl Anderson (family friend)
  • "I will be more pleased the day I can look over at the third-base line and see a black man as manager." Jackie never stopped for what he believed in.
  • "Whatever happens, i'll be there for you, little brother." - Frank Robinson

Works Cited

Hanft, Joshua E. Jackie Robinson. New York, NY: Baronet, 1996. Print.

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