Who Was Jackie Robinson? By Gail Herman; Illustrated by John O'Brien

  • Jackie is Born

    Jackie is Born
    Jack Roosevelt Robinson is born in Cairo, Georgia.
  • Moves to California

    Moves to California
    Jackie's mother moves the family from Georgia to Pasadena, California.
  • UCLA

    Jackie enrolls in UCLA where he letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track.
  • Drafted

    Jackie is drafted into the US Army.
  • Refuses to Give up Seat

    Refuses to Give up Seat
    Jackie refuses to give up his seat to a white passenger on an Army bus at Fort Hood, Texas.
  • Court Martialed

    Court Martialed
    Jackie is court martialed for the July 6, 1944 incident on the bus. He was acquitted and transferred to Ft. Breckinridge, Kentucky, where he coached Army athletics.
  • Discharged

    Jackie is honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.
  • Kansas City Monarchs

    Kansas City Monarchs
    Jackie’s first game with the Kansas City Monarchs, an all-black baseball team.
  • WWII Ends

    WWII Ends
    World War II ends after Japan surrenders. Hundreds of African-American soldiers are among the thousands of soldiers who will return to America.
  • Gas Station

    Gas Station
    Jackie refuses to buy gas at a gas station because the owner will not let him use the restroom.
  • Minor League Contract

    Minor League Contract
    Jackie signs a contract with Dodgers owner Branch Rickey to play for the Montreal Royals.
  • Jackie gets married

    Jackie gets married
    Jackie Marries Rachel Isum.
  • Jackie, Jr.

    Jackie, Jr.
    His first son, Jackie Robinson, Jr., is born.
  • Dodgers Petition

    Dodgers Petition
    Some members of the Brooklyn Dodgers sign a petition against Robinson being on the team.
  • Breaking the Color Barrier

    Breaking the Color Barrier
    Jackie’s first game as a Brooklyn Dodger, making him the first black player on a Major League team.
  • Ben Chapman

    Ben Chapman
    Jackie is taunted by Phillies coach Ben Chapman during a game.
  • Photo with Chapman

    Photo with Chapman
    Jackie takes a photo with Phillies Manager Ben Chapman, the manager who had taunted him.
  • Pee Wee Reese

    Pee Wee Reese
    Pee Wee Reese puts his arm around Jackie at a game in Cincinnati.
  • World Series

    World Series
    Jackie plays in his first World Series. The Dodgers lose to the New York Yankees in seven games.
  • “Rookie of the Year”

    “Rookie of the Year”
    Jackie wins the first ever National League “Rookie of the Year” award.
  • MVP

    Jackie is named Most Valuable Player of the National League.
  • World Champs!

    World Champs!
    The Brooklyn Dodgers win the World Series.
  • Final MLB game

    Final MLB game
    Jackie plays his final Major League game verses the Pirates. He hits a home run and the Dodgers win 8-6.
  • Retirement

    Jackie retires from Major League Baseball.
  • Hall of Fame

    Hall of Fame
    Jackie is voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Jackie dies

    Jackie dies
    Jackie Robinson dies of a heart attack at age 53.
  • Rookie of the Year Award

    Rookie of the Year Award
    The National League Rookie of the Year Award is renamed the “Jackie Robinson Award.”
  • # 42 retired

    # 42 retired
    Jersey # 42 is retired from all of Major League Baseball in honor of Jeackie Robinson's impact on the game..
  • “Jackie Robinson Day”

    “Jackie Robinson Day”
    The first “Jackie Robinson Day” is held in which all MLB players wear “42” in honor of Jackie.