Jackie Robinson

By: Jilly Webb

Jackie Robinson

Jackie was born on January 31, 1919. He was the youngest child of 5, 3 brothers and 1 sister. Mack, Edgar, Willa Mae, Frank and Jackie all loved each other, but Jackie was always closest to Mack Robinson. Jackie had it hard back then, but he never gave up. He was a determined child and always worked hard to achieve his goals.

Middle life

Jackie was a great student. He went to UCLA, University of California Los Angeles, and met his wife, Rachel Robinson. On the other hand, Jackie had always loved sports. He had always dreamed of joining the Major leagues, but Jackie was an African American, and was restricted to play in the Major Leagues. So, Jackie decided to be a participant in the Negro Leagues, witch was the only league open to African Americans at the time. Although he was very happy with the Negro Leagues, Jackie was determined to find his way to the Major Leagues.

Branch Rickey, the manager for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was looking for someone to add to his team. He was looking for an African American. "We need someone who can deal with the rude comments, someone who can turn the other cheek." Rickey informed Jackie. after the interview, Rickey knew, that Jackie was just the person the team had needed.

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Later Life

Jackie Robinson was the 1947 rookie of the year. Two years later, Jackie had won the most valuable player. He began to become truly respected as a black ballplayer, and he felt like he could play baseball for a long time. But not everything lasts forever. Jackie had three kids, Jackie jr, Sharon Robinson, and David Robinson. With 3 kids and a wife, it was hard to be all over the U.S playing baseball. So, Jackie gave his Dodger's jersey in 1956.

"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being."

-Jackie Robinson

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Interesting Facts!

- Jackie was one of the very few people to play varsity in 4 sports, baseball, football, basketball, and track.

- Jackie graduated as a second lieutenant in the army.