Jackie Robinson

By Rachael Komisar

Childhood

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919. His father left home when he was only six months old. Jackie and his four brothers and sisters were raised n relative poverty by his single mother. Jackie's older brother, Mattew, inspired Jackie to pursue his talent and love for athletics.

Obstacles

Jackie was raised without a father or a father figure to look up to. Just shy of graduation UCLA, he had to drop out due to financial problems. He also joined the army and was honorably discharged when he refused to move to the back of a segregated bus. His patients was tested when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and was insulted every day for his color.

Overcoming Obstacles

Jackie had his older brother to look to for advice and an inspiration as he grew up, without his brother he would not have pursued his career as an athelete. After he dropped out he was drafted into the United States army. As an attempt to stand up for himself he refused to moved to the back of the bus. This discrimination continued to follow him into his baseball career. Though at times he felt it was better to quit, he played his hardest to show everyone that he was worth more than his color.
Jackie Robinson Steals Home

Achievments

-Got elected into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility

-Broke the color barrier

-Got honorary degrees from The University of Maryland, Franklin Pierce College, Sacred Heart University, Pace University, and Howard University

-Got awards in college for track, baseball, basketball, and football