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Transcript of Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson Childhood
Jack Roosevelt Robinson (Jackie Robinson) was born January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Jack's parents were Jerry a sharecropper and Mallie a Domestic worker.When Jackie's dad left family Jackie's mother alone raised Edgar, Frank, Matthew (Mac), Willa Mae, and Jackie. Jackie and his family moved to Pasadena, California when Jackie was a little older than one. His Family was the only black family on his block, at 121 Pepper street. Jackie and his brothers were excluded from the activities of the richer white kids. Jackie represented this - he joined a neighborhood gang (The Pepper Street Gang) and got into a lot of trouble until an neighborhood automobile mechanic, persuaded him to abandond that path. Jackie excelled early in sports and learned his own way in life.he graduated from Washington Junior High School in 1935. his brothers inspired his interests in sports.
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U.S. Army years
Jackie in the Army.
College and Army years
At UCLA Jackie became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: basketball #18, football #28, track, and baseball. Jackie won the NCAA Men's Outdoor Long Jump of 24 ft 10 1/2 in. in 1941 Jackie was named to the All-American Football Team. Believe it or not Robinson's 'worst sport' was baseball at UCLA, but he went 4-for-4 in his first game. He was one of four blak players on the Football Team. At the time when there was only a handful of black players, this made UCLA's football team the most integrated team. In Jackie Robinson's senior year at UCLA he met his future wife, Rachel Isum, a UCLA Freshman. Jackie was forced to leave college just shy of graduation due to financial difficulties.
Jackie playing college Track
Jackie Playing College Football
Jackie playing college Basketball
College Years at UCLA
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Jackie playing college baseball
When ie joined the Army he did very well in basic training and excelled in marksmanship. Robinson and several other black soldiers applied for admission to an Officer Candidate School (OCS) then located at Fort Riley. In January 1943 jack wascommisioned to a second lieutenant. Shortly afterward Jackie Robinson and Rachel Isum were engaged. Robinson was reassigned to Fort Hood, Texas, there he joined the 761st "Black Panthers" Tank Battalion. At Fort Hood he experienced racism at a whole new level.When Jackie boarded a U.S Army bus the driver ordered him to go to the back of the bus becouse he was black, but jackie refused. Jackie Robinson's army career was cut short when he was court-martailed in relation to his objections with incidents to racial discrimination.
Jackie as a second lieutenant
"When I look back at what I had to go through in black baseball,I can only marvel at the many black players who stuck it out for many years in the Jim Crow leagues because the had nowhere else to go."
"I owe more to canadians than they'll ever know. In my baseball career they were the first to make me feel my natural self."
"I know now that dreams do come true."
Breaking The Color Barrier
Jackie on the Brooklyn Dodgers
"I was nervous in the first play of my game at Ebbets Field , but nothing has bothered me since
Jackie Robinson died October 24, 1972. Jackie broke the color barrier and changed baseball for everyone.The number 42 will live on forever.
Because of Jackie's courage to not fight back because he was the first black major league baseball player. It took a lot of courage to do this he was insulted, physically hurt, and hated. Once Jackie was becoming one of the best players in the league, people started to have some respect for him. From those reasons he broke the color barrier.
Jackie sliding into home base
Jackie standing next to Martin Luther King Junior.
Jackie standing next to Branch Rickey (former owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers).
By: Bret Van Tassell
# 42 was Jackie's number