Jackie Robinson

Overcoming Obstacles

Mini Bio: Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Biography

Jackie was one of five children raised by a single mother by the name of, Mallie Robinson. Jackie's siblings were named: Mack, Willa Mae, Edgar and Frank Robinson. Jackie went to a segregated school, but was bullied all through his early life because of his color. Jackie ended up going to Washington Middle school, John Muir High school, Pasadena City College and University of California, Los Angeles. Jackie married Rachel Robinson and she is 93, and still living in 2016! Jackie was arrested for not moving to the back of a segregated bus. Jackie did the same thing that Rosa Parks did. Jackie served in the United States Army as a second lieutenant, but never saw combat.

Jackie's Struggles

Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play in the major leagues. With this impressive feat, comes struggles. As shown in the movie, "42," Jackie was harassed everywhere we went by himself, and with the team. He was called very vulgar names, and had the team kicked out of hotels because Jackie was black! This just shows how cruel people were.

Successes/Accomplishments

Jackie was a very decorated baseball player. Not just with awards, but also with statistics. Jackie stole home plate 19 times, a feat that is only accomplished, at the most 3 times a season. In Jackie's first season with the Dodgers, he won the Rookie of The Year Award. He also won the League MVP award! People in the current era that have won this award, have crazy statistics, so who can imagine what Jackie's were like. In 1949, Jackie hit .342 for the season! This average, has been surpassed since 1950, one year later! About 5 years after Jackie retired, he got inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

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The Link above is the link to the rest of Jackie's induction class. Including former Cleveland Indian, Bob Feller!

Jackie Robinson Day

Friday, April 15th, 12am

Everywhere

April 15 of every year is Jackie Robinson day in Major League Baseball. On this day, everybody in the league that plays that day, wears the number 42.

Baseball Career

Robinson started his career in the Negro Leagues until Branch Rickey(the President of the Dodgers) signed him. Jackie was the first black man to play Major League Baseball. Jackie's first game was on April 15, 1947. In 1955, the Dodgers won the World Series, the highest honor in baseball. Jackie publicly called the Yankees a racist organization for not breaking the color barrier five years after the Dodgers did. In 1957, Jackie was traded to the Giants. Then retired that same year.