Jackie Robinson

by: Brett Parker

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Be Inspired:

Jackie had to endure very unfair treatment being the first African American to play Major League Baseball. He had to endure severe and terrible comments and could do nothing about it but play the game of baseball better than them all.

Character Trait:

Ambitious and determined

Did you know?

From 1942 to 1944, Robinson served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He never saw combat. During boot camp Robinson was arrested and court-martialed after refusing to give up his seat and move to the back of a segregated bus when ordered to by the driver.

Basic Information:

Born: January 31, 1919

Years Lived: 53 years

Place of Birth: Cario, Georgia

Occupation: Major League Baseball Player

Achievements:

* 1984: Presidential Medal of Freedom

*2005: Congressional Gold Medal

*1999: Major- League Baseball All-Century Team

*1949: National League Most Valuable Player Award