Jackie Robinson

Ended Baseball's Color Barrier

Background

Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919. He is from Cairo, GA. He went to the University of California in Los Angela's. He died October 24, 1974 in Stanford, Connecticut. He was the first African American to play major league baseball. The team Jackie Robinson played for was the Dodgers.

How He Was Recruited To The Dodgers

Robinson's baseball skills caught the Brooklyn Dodgers organization's attention. When he was in Chicago Clyde Sukeforth watched Robinson and liked what he saw. He had seen some amazing baseball payers but none like Jackie.
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Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Famer

Athletic Ability

Robinson was an amazing athlete. He played football baseball, and basketball. In high school Jackie was the star of the football, baseball, and basketball teams. During his first season with the Dodgers in 1947, he exceeded rookie limits which later gave him the Rookie of the Year award and put him in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

What He Endured

Although it was difficult, Robinson kept his word to Rickey. He never fought back. What he endured most was racism. He had to deal with teammates, crowds, and citizens sending hate mail and threats to himself and his family. But, being the honorable man he was, he endured all of it with honor and grace instead of hate.

Bibliography

"Jackie Robinson." Biography for Beginners--African-American Leaders, Vol. 1. 2007: 241-252. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.


http://www.biography.com/people/jackie-robinson-9460813


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