Jackie Robinson

  • The Star Was Born!

    The Star Was Born!
    Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers.
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    Jackie Robinson

  • jackie's inspiration !

    jackie's inspiration !
    Robinson's older brother, Matthew Robinson, inspired Jackie to pursue his talent and love for athletics. Matthew won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash—just behind Jesse Owens—at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
  • MVP baseball high school...

    MVP baseball high school...
    He attended John Muir High School and Pasadena Junior College, where he was an excellent athlete and played four sports: football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was named the region's Most Valuable Player in baseball in 1938.
  • Left the army for better things to come!

    Left the army for better things to come!
    In 1941, he was named to the All-American football team. Due to financial difficulties, he was forced to leave college, and eventually decided to enlist in the U.S. Army. After two years in the army, he had progressed to second lieutenant. Jackie's army career was cut short when he was court-martialed in relation to his objections with incidents of racial discrimination. In the end, Jackie left the Army with an honorable discharge.
  • negro baseball league .

    negro baseball league .
    In 1945, Jackie played one season in the Negro Baseball League, traveling all over the Midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs. But greater challenges and achievements were in store for him.
  • Married .

    Married .
    Jackie married Rachel Isum, a nursing student he met at UCLA, in 1946. As an African-American baseball player, Jackie was on display for the whole country to judge. Rachel and their three children, Jackie Jr., Sharon and David, provided Jackie with the emotional support and sense of purpose essential for bearing the pressure during the early years of baseball.
  • Brooklyn Dodgers!

    Brooklyn Dodgers!
    In 1947,BrooklynDodgers president BranchRickey approached Jackie about joining the BrooklynDodgers. The MajorLeagues had not had an African-American player since 1889, when baseball became segregated. When Jackie first donned a BrooklynDodger uniform, he pioneered the integration of professional athletics in America. By breaking the color barrier in baseball, the nation's preeminent sport, he courageously challenged the deeply rooted custom of racial segregation in both the North & the South.
  • MVP of the year!

    MVP of the year!
    At the end of Robinson's rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had become National League Rookie of the Year with 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 that same year.
  • .342 batting avg. wow fans....

    .342 batting avg. wow fans....
    He continued to wow fans and critics alike with impressive feats, such as an outstanding .342 batting average during the 1949 season.

    In 1955, he helped the Dodgers win the World Series. After failing before in four other series match-ups, the Dodgers beat the New York Yankees.
  • he retired

    he retired
    He retired in 1957, with a career batting average of .311.
  • Hall of Fame 1962

    Hall of Fame 1962
    As a result of his great success, Jackie was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

    On Tuesday, April 15 President Bill Clinton paid tribute to Jackie at Shea Stadium in New York in a special ceremony.
  • Postage Stamp

    Postage Stamp
    Also that year, on United States Post Office honored Robinson by making him the subject of a commemorative postage stamp.
  • 50th anniversary

    50th anniversary
    Jackie Robinson's life and legacy will be remembered as one of the most important in American history. In 1997, the world celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Jackie's breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier.