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Jackie Robinson

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Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Jackie was the youngest of five children in his family. When his father abandoned the family in 1920, his family moved to Pasadena, California.
Athletic Talents
UCLA
Robinson won varsity letters as he transferred to UCLA in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track.
Baseball Career in the Negro Leagues
He played for the Kansas City Monarchs while in the Negro Leagues. He accepted a contract for $400 per month. He played shortstop and made the 1945 Negro League All-Star Game.
Getting to the Major Leagues
Robinson pursued many potential major-league interests. The Brooklyn Dodgers and Branch Rickey had interviewed him to see if he could stand racial abuse without reacting angrily. Rickey wanted a Negro player with guts NOT to fight back. He signed the contract that BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER and had a successful career but was booed at times. He makes the Hall of Fame after he retires.
High School Life
By: Jesse Sangalang
Jackie Robinson
Where It All Started
He was a great athlete in high school as he played varsity in football, baseball, track, and basketball.
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