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THE LIFE OF JACKIE ROBINSON
Transcript of THE LIFE OF JACKIE ROBINSON
became rookie of the year in his rookie season with the Dodgers
had 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
In 1962 Jackie was inducted into the Hall of Fame
Hall of Famer
Jackie Robinson with Dr. King
Moving in a new direction
--------who Is Jackie Robinson-------
first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era
broke the baseball color line when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base on April 15, 1947.
first black television analyst in MLB, and the first black vice-president of a major American corporation.
helped establish the Freedom National Bank, an African-American-owned financial institution based in Harlem, New York.
There's Jackie right there
All American Jackie
Robinson's accomplishments at UCLA
After the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident Jackie was motivated to pursue an athletic career at UCLA
became the school's first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track
won the 1940 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the Long Jump,
led the nation in punt return average (21 yards) and led UCLA in rushing, passing, scoring, and total offense.
excelled at basketball, playing forward while leading the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division in scoring both in 1940 and 1941.
UCLA was also where Robinson, a senior and BMOC, had met Rachel Isum, a freshman who was studying for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing
was forced to leave college due to financial difficulties
was drafted and assigned to a segregated Army cavalry unit in Fort Riley, Kansas in 1942
progressed to second lieutenant after 2 years in the army
was court-martial in relation to his objections with incidents of racial discrimination
briefly returned to his old football club, the Los Angeles Bulldogs after his discharge
played one season in the Negro Baseball League
Robinson accepted a contract for $400 ($5,187 in 2013 dollars, per month, a boon for him at the time
played 47 games hitting .387, 5 home runs and 13 stolen bases
while in the Negro league Jackie pursued major league interest
In 1947 Branch Ricky was scouting Negro players to add to his Roster
Rickey approached Jackie about joining the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Major Leagues had not had an African-American player since 1889
before the start of the 1947 season, the Dodgers called Robinson up to the major leagues
Baseball is like a poker game. Nobody wants to quit when he's losing; nobody wants you to quit when you're ahead."
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
"How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts."
"I guess you'd call me an independent since I've never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I always decide my vote by taking as careful a look as I can at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label."
"I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... all I ask is that you respect me as a human being."
"It kills me to lose. If I'm a troublemaker, and I don't think that my temper makes me one, then it's because I can't stand losing. That's the way I am about winning, all I ever wanted to do was finish first."
"Life is not a spectator sport. If you're going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you're wasting your life."
"Pop flies, in a sense, are just a diversion for a second baseman. Grounders are his stock trade."
"The right of every American to first-class citizenship is the most important issue of our time."
"I way I figured it, I was even with baseball and baseball with me. The game had done much for me, and I had done much for it."
"There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free."
"But if Mr. Rickey hadn't signed me, I wouldn't have played another year in the black league. It was too difficult. The travel was brutal. Financially, there was no reward. It took everything you make to live off."
"But as I write these words now I cannot stand and sing the National Anthem. I have learned that I remain a black in a white world."
"Above anything else, I hate to lose."