A biography of the life and times of jack roosevelt robinson

Early life Family and personal life Robinson was born on January 31,into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia.

A biography of the life and times of jack roosevelt robinson

January 31, in Cairo, Georgia Died: October 24, in Stamford, Connecticut Best known for: Where did Jackie Robinson grow up? He was the youngest of five children.

A biography of the life and times of jack roosevelt robinson

Jackie's father left the family shortly after he was born and Jackie never saw him again. His mother Millie raised him and his three brothers and one sister. About a year after Jackie was born, the family moved to Pasadena, California.

There Jackie grew up watching his older brothers excel in sports. His brother Mack became a track star who won a silver medal in the meter dash at the Olympics. Playing Sports Jackie loved to play sports.

In high school he ran track like his older brother and also played other sports like football, baseball, tennis, and basketball.

He was the quarterback of the football team and the star player on the baseball team. Jackie had to deal with racism all through high school. Most of his teammates were white and, while people would cheer him on the field, he was treated as a second class citizen off the field.

Jackie went to college at UCLA where he again starred in track, baseball, football, and basketball. He was the first athlete at UCLA to earn varsity letters in all four sports. Joining the Army After college, Robinson went to play professional football, but his career came to a quick end with the start of World War II.

He was drafted into the army.

A biography of the life and times of jack roosevelt robinson

Jackie met the famous boxing champion Joe Lewis at basic training and they became friends. Joe helped Robinson get accepted into officer training school.

This battalion was made up of only African-American soldiers because they were not allowed to serve alongside white soldiers. Jackie got into trouble one day while riding an army bus when he refused to move to the back.

He nearly got kicked out of the army, but ended up leaving the army with an honorable discharge in Playing Baseball Soon after leaving the army, Robinson began to play professional baseball for the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Monarchs were part of the Negro Baseball League. At this time in history, black players were still not allowed to play in Major League Baseball.

He was an excellent short stop and hit for an average of. Branch wanted to sign an African-American player to help the Dodgers win the pennant. When he approached Robinson, Branch told Jackie that he would face all sorts of racism when he first went to play for the Dodgers. Branch wanted someone who could take all the insults and not fight back.


In their first conversation Jackie and Branch had this famous exchange of words: Rickey, are you looking for a Negro who is afraid to fight back?BIOGRAPHY. Alexander Calder was born in , the second child of artist parents—his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter. Because his father, Alexander Stirling Calder, received public commissions, the family .

Life and career Early years. Luther Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia, and raised in its Jackson Ward neighborhood. His parents were Maxwell, a machine-shop worker, and Maria Robinson, a choir singer.

His grandmother raised him after both parents died in when he was six years old—his father from chronic heart disease and his . Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African American professional baseball player in todays day in age of baseball.

Jackie is credited and rightfully so, with breaking the “color line” in baseball.

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Jackie Robinson became the first black player in the major leagues in , signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was named Rookie of the Year in , National League MVP in and a World. Personal site of author-editor Pat McNees, personal historian and medical historian, bringing a light touch to heavy subjects, helping people and organizations tell their life .

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