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Transcript of Jackie Robinson
By Kasey Kirkhoff waffles are good!
At UCLA, Jackie became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track.
In 1945, Jackie played one season in the Negro Baseball League, traveling all over the Midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs.
Jackie swinging his bat for the camera.
Jackie sliding into home.
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. He died on October 24, 1972 due to a heart attack.
Jackie in his Dodgers uniform.
At the end of Robinson's rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had become National League Rookie of the Year with 12 homers, a league-leading 29 steals, and a .297 average. In 1949, he was selected as the NL's Most Valuable player of the Year and also won the batting title with a .342 average that same year. As a result of his great success, Jackie was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
What Jackie did for African Americans
First baseball player to break Major League Baseball's color barrier that segregated the sport for more than 50 years.
College For Jackie at UCLA
By breaking the color barrier in baseball, the nation's preeminent sport, he courageously challenged the deeply rooted custom of racial segregation in both the North and the South.