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Jackie Robinson

A small biogrphy about Jackie, and his commitment to break the colour barrier
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Kyanna Enisan

on 28 April 2010

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Jackie Robinson, (Born Jack Roosevelt Robinson) was born January 31 1919, into a family with his mother to care for him and his four brothers and one sister. 1920 his mother wanted a better life for her children, so she sent them to live with their Uncle Burton, in Pasadena, California. This was a time of prejudice and segregation, so it was hard for Jackie and his family, and he had a hard life. When Jackie was in his adolescents, he joined the "Pepper Street Gang". In 1947, when war was over, America could again enjoy baseball, the usual sport. The Brooklyn Dodger general manager Branch Rickey changed the game of baseball form that moment on. He had seen how the black men weren’t aloud to play baseball. He thought "If they have not done anything bad to us, why shouldn't they get the chance to play baseball with the white men?” He knew if he wanted black men to play, he would have to choose carefully, it would have to be someone who was not only a good player, but someone who could restrain himself from the taunts and teasing of being a black man on a white man team. Then he found Jackie Robinson, a track, baseball, basketball, and football master. When Rickey found Jackie he had to agree to on condition. Rickey said "I want a player with the guts not to fight back." Jackie agreed to these conditions, and changed baseball history forever. Jakie commitment was not only to himself, but to everyone. He fought for rights, the right for sport. It might not seem so big, but you can tell that his motion insprired others, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Jackie was a strong person, he would stand up to all the people who cursed at him, and yelled at him. But those people were all around him. Because he didn’t fight back, or yell back, it didn't make him the wimp, it made him the bigger person. But Jackie was not only committed to his cause, but also to his team. He could've quit anytime, but he stayed on his team, and he played the best game he could play. Jackie knew that when he stood up, it would only affect a few. He knew that the real effect would be to the future generations. Jackie knew that the more he was teased and yelled at, the more power he had. He turned the anger from other people, into the energy he had for the game, and he would always come out smiling. Jackie's commitment changed everything. Soon people realized what he was doing, and he got the support and respect he deserved. Jakie's stats:
Batting Average: .311
Hits: 1,518
Home runs: 137
Run In's 734
Stonlen Bases 197
But it didnt last forever. In the fall of 1972, Jackie died of diabetes. In Stamford, Connecticut, on October 24 1972, Jackie Robinson died at age of 53. Jackie Robinson
A prezi by Kyanna Though Jackie didn't break any baseball records, he did break the colour barrier, which is a record itself.
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