Jack Roosevelt Robinson
Jackie Robinson was an amazing man, you know why ? First of all he helped stop a big problem: segregation. He was the very first African American to play in the Major League Baseball. Which is a big deal. Everyone disliked him because they wanted baseball to be segregated. His family even received threatening letters. He had a lot of self control if he didn't have self control he probably would not of made it to the major leagues. He helped tons of people be able to play in the MLB. Your favorite players today like Jarrod Dyson and Salvador Perez wouldn't be in MLB if it weren't for Jackie Robinson. Jackie was also a civil rights activist and fought for the rights for African Americans. Jackie Robinson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize award because he wanted to have peace between African Americans and white society.
Jackie was born in Cairo,Georgia 1919 and his family was very poor.Jackie’s dad worked as a sharecropper. In Fact, his grandfather was a slave. He was the youngest of 5 siblings. He moved to California when he was only a year old and Jackie's father left the family to find a better job and never came back. As Jackie grew up he learned there was a lot of conflict between blacks and whites. Jackie was angry at being treated different so he fought back by being the best athlete he could possible be. He went to John Muir High School. In high school Jackie participated in every sport that was offered to him. Jackie went to Pasadena Junior College then went to UCLA. At UCLA Jackie was one of the best athletes in the country. He was forced to leave UCLA because he was just shy of graduating due to financial hardships. When Jackie played in the Negro Leagues he was not paid well and had to stay in run down hotels. In the Negro Leagues he played on the Kansas City,Monarchs. He married Rachel Isum on Feb 10, 1946 and Jackie’s season with the Dodgers began in 1947. In his first year he hit 12 home runs and got rookie of the year and in 1949 got voted most valuable player. Jackie was a Second baseman,third baseman, and first baseman and was 5 ‘11’ and 195 lb. His batting average was ‘311. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
Jackie also was a civil right activist that started a business and as you know broke color lines. His older brother, Matthew ,inspired him to pursue his talent and love for athletics. Jackie was also in the US ARMY from 1942-1944. He became a vocal champion for civil rights. After baseball he became active in his business and continued being a civil right activist. He opened the door in sports for African Americans. He was the first African American to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. After baseball he continued to improve conditions for African Americans In 1972 he said he would not be satisfied until
he looks in a dugout and sees a black manager leading a team. Mostly in Baltimore and Louisiana fans yelled racial slurs at him. Pitchers threw at his head to knock him down and the Phillies treated him viciously. Breaking baseball's color line was not easy but Jackie faced it with courage. He signed a contract with the Montreal Royals in 1945. H e would be the first African American to play in the MLB. When his teammate Spanky stood up for him all the teammates began to do the same thing. He was an assistant New York Governor working on civil right issues. after Jackie retired from baseball he worked at a restaurant named Chock Full ‘o Nuts. Jackie took his position at Chock Full ‘o Nuts seriously. He was named vice president at Chock Full ‘o Nuts restaurant. All of Jackie's life he had major goals to achieve. Jackie got rookie of the year in 1947. Jackie was arrested after refusing to sit in the back of a bus. As his fame grew people began viewing him as a spokesperson for African Americans. Jackie helped establish the freedom national bank an African American owned financial business. He was named national league MVP in 1949. He broke the color lines with 137 home runs total. Jackie helped the Dodgers win the world series. Many white fans taunted Jackie but he didn't fight back. If pitchers threw at his head and if runners spiked his legs he would just walk away. Jackie's story was a historic glory.
Lifes not a spectator sport if you're going to spend your
whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on
in my opinion you're wasting your life -Jackie Robinson
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