Jackie Robinson

By:Drew Doepker

Batter up Jackie Robinson, he hit it, he hit it, HOME RUN ! Jackie Robinson was a famous baseball player but he was also a famous humanitarian. I think Jackie Robinson should win the Nobel Peace Prize because he was helping others before himself and he was a benefit to mankind because he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. He helped blacks believed in themselves. Jackie Robinson cared more about strangers and family than his whole baseball career. Jackie Robinson didn’t care that people didn’t want him to play baseball on the all-white Dodger’s team. He believed in his equal rights for blacks and whites.


Jackie was born January 31, 1919 in Cairo Georgia. Jackie was the youngest of 5 siblings and his family was very poor and Jackie’s grandpa was a slave. Jackie's father said that he was going to get a better job but he left and never came back. Jackie’s mom moved her five children to California in 1920 in search of better job opportunities. .As a kid Jackie loved games and sports. Jackie played dodge ball, stickball, jacks, marbles, track and field, football, basketball, and baseball. Jackie attended John Muir High School and stood out as an athlete. Jackie went to Pasadena Junior College his athleticism caught the eye of other college coaches. He later went to UCLA to play baseball, football, basketball and track. He ran out of eligibility and could not longer afford college so he left UCLA shy of graduation. Jackie went to work to earn money. He worked with youth in athletic educational programs. When WWII broke out, he joined the army. During the war he learned about making money playing baseball in an all black league.

Jackie Robinson was one of the greatest athletes of all times. In 1945 Jackie Robinson joined the Kansas City Monarchs. Robinson met Branch Rickey who wanted Jackie Robinson to come play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers.


In March 1942 Jackie was drafted to the army. Black soldiers couldn't serve where whites served in the army. Jackie served as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. This was an important part of his story, because he learned about opportunities in professional baseball.

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play Major League Baseball and successfully broke the color barrier for other black athletes to enter the sport. Branch Rickey who gave Jackie his professional baseball opportunity, told him it would be tough to withstand angry fans but he would need to exercise self-control. Someone said they were going to kill him, it didn’t even bother Jackie. Jackie's family was threatened when he joined baseball.Ricky told Robinson not to fight back to others.Jackie opened the doors for african americans.Jackie's brother inspired him to pursue his talents.Someone in the stands threw a bottle at Jackie and he didn't do anything back to the man. If Jackie was insulted if pitchers threw at his head or if base runners spiked his leg he would have to walk away.

He fulfilled Ricky’s wish for him to be a gentleman. During his first season, he stole bases 29 bases and batted .297 earning him Rookie of the year honors.

Jackie Robinson became a vocal champion for African Americans. After retiring he was a visible and outspoken activist for blacks and civil rights. Jackie sent a letter to change laws about civil rights. Jackie was named president of chock full o nuts a coffee place. He learned a lot about business. Jackie Robinson helped raise a 1,000,000 dollar fund drive for freedom for NAACP. He then worked for Nelson Rockefeller's campaign because he thought Rockefeller could help black American’s employment opportunities. Next he started the Freedom National Bank that would provide loans to African Americans business.

Jackie Robinson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize because he was brave to integrate Major League baseball and pave the path for future African American athletes. . So play ball for humanity

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