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Jackie Robinson

Date of Birth: January 31st, 1919Born in: Cairo GeorgiaDeath: October 24th, 1972Fast fact: Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play Major League Baseball.

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"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."-Jackie Robinson

SS2H1 The student will read about and describe the lives of historical figures in Georgia history.a. Identify the contributions made by these historic figures: James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia); Sequoyah (development of a Cherokee alphabet); Jackie Robinson (sports); Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights); Jimmy Carter (leadership and human rights).

College Sports:At UCLA, Jackie became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: baseball, basketball, football and track.

College and Beyond:Jackie was forced to leave college due to financial difficulties. So, he decided to enlist in the Army. Jackie spent a short time in the Army before being honorably discharged.Citations:Jackie robinson: The official website. (2011). Retrieved from jackie robinson foundation. (2011). Retrieved from

Life in the MLB:In 1945, Jackie played one season in the Negro Baseball League, traveling all over the Midwest with the Kansas City Monarchs. In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey approached Jackie about joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he began to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie will alwasy be remebered for his courage, sportsmanship, and bravery.

Awards:At the end of Jackie'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, Jackie 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. As a result of his success, Jackie was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Home Life:In 1946 Jackie married Rachel Isum. The couple went on to have three children. His family provided him with emotional support and a sense of purpose while he broke the color barrier during his first few years of professoinal baseball.

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Connections to Lit:Who was Jackie Robinson by Gail HermanThank You, Jackie Robinson by Barbara Cohen


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