Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail HermanAs a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball. It was tough being first- not only did fans send hate mail but some of his own teammates refused to accept him. Here is an inspiring sports biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Jackie Robinson Facts
Twenty-eight years later, he broke the baseball color line and became the first African American to play on a major sports team. Here are 42 facts to celebrate the legendary athlete. Shortly after his birth, his family moved and settled in Pasadena, California. President Theodore Roosevelt, who died 25 days before Robinson was born, was the inspiration for his middle name. He was also an accomplished tennis player, winning the junior boys singles championship in the Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament. In , Jackie Robinson was drafted into the Army.
Robinson grew up in a poor family in California, but his family always verified that they should have pride and honor in everything they do in life. He began fighting the system of inequality even during the early areas of his life. When he was going to be court martialed for his actions, the news spread across the country in the NAACP publications and the charges were dropped. Robinson had always been involved in athletics in high school and then later in college. There was a movement within baseball to attempt to integrate the sport and the president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, was looking for a potential team member that had honor and integrity and had an excellent background. In he became a member of the all-white team called the Montreal Royals, which was a branch of the Brooklyn Dodgers. This was a moment in history, as he was the first African American baseball player on a white team.
Toggle navigation. His name at birth was Jack Roosevelt Robinson. He was born into a sharecropping family, the youngest of five children. Jackie's father left when he was an infant and his mother worked a variety of jobs to support her children. Jackie's older brothers Mack and Frank encouraged Jackie's interest in sports. He made the newspaper in for his outstanding athletic performance in high school. Following several years of racial segregation in sports, Jackie Robinson finally broke into Major League Baseball at the age of
Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in He was the first black man to openly play in the major leagues since the s. He had a big role in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball. Up to that point, African-Americans could only play in Negro leagues for six decades. His character and skills challenged the usual basis of segregation.