Jackie Robinson

First African-American To Play Baseball in the Majors

All About Jackie

Jackie Robinson was a talented player who played in the Major Leagues. He was the first African-American to ever play in the Majors. Got voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Growing Up

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Jackie had to grow up without a father because his dad left him when he was 1 year old. The Robinson's left Cairo, Georgia in May 1920, and moved to Pasadena, California. Jackie’s aunt died that same year. Jackie had a good relationship with his brothers. When he got older he had jobs, like shining shoes, having a paper route, and helping a gardener. The college Jackie attended to was Pasadena Junior College. When he graduated he got a Letter from each sport he played. He played Basketball, Football, Tennis, and Golf in college, and he was good at all of the sports.

Shining Bright

During college Jackie went to Hawaii and played football with the Honolulu Bears. Then he went to the Army for a couple of years. One time the bus driver told Jackie to “get to the back of the bus.” Then he went to the Minor Leagues and got selected to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945. His rookie year he got the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947. In 1949 Jackie got the M.V.P (Most Valuable Player) Award. After he won the Batting Championship with a .342 average. When Jackie retired his overall batting average was at .311. Then in 1962 he got selected into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Breaking Rasizm

When Jackie was growing up African-Americans were not allowed to play Baseball in the Major Leagues. But when he was older he played in the Majors anyway. They also mistreated him, they threatened him, even the Umpires didn’t play fair. He was very talented too. But he was not only good at baseball he was good at Basketball, Football, Golf, and Tennis