Jackie Robinson

Audra Bass
Mrs. Bradburn
10 Honors Lit. /Comp.
May 13, 2013

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson performed through many challenges and gave everything he had for the game of baseball. Not only did he change American baseball forever, but as well as the lives of African-American athletes. Branch Rickey took a chance on Robinson, and in return he went beyond what they expected from him. Jackie Robinson revolutionized American baseball by breaking the color barrier and becoming the first African-American professional player.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia ("Jackie Robinson Biography"). He was the youngest of five children and was born to sharecropper ...

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signed demanding that they leave. Jackie Robinson attended Washington Junior High School in 1935 ("Jackie Robinson- The Official Site").
Robinson attended Pasadena Junior College in 1938-1939 ("Jackie Robinson- The Official Site) and the University of California in Los Angeles ("Jackie Robinson Biography"). He played four sports football, basketball, track, and baseball. He became the University of California's first student to win varsity letters in four sports. He was named the region's most valuable player in baseball in 1938. His brother Matthew Robinson inspired him to purse his talent and love for athletics. Matthew Robinson actually won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and attended officer candidate school ("Encyclopedia Britannica"). Robinson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1943.
Before Robinson met with Branch Rickey he played with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro ...

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when Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey signed a contract with Jackie Robinson that would bring him into the major leagues." Rickey called this move the "great experiment". On October 23, 1945, Robison officially signed his contract with the Dodgers, and in April 1947 he put on his first Dodgers uniform number 42. Branch Rickey said "There was never a man in the game who could put mind and muscle together quicker and with better judgment than Robinson." ("Jackie Robinson Quotes"). This quote from Branch Rickey shows how "people began to notice him not as a black but as one fine player" (Allen 148). On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson stepped on to the field of Ebbets ...

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