Early life Family and personal life Robinson was born on January 31,into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson's mother worked various odd jobs to support the family. With the track and field squad, he won awards in the broad jump.
Jackie bore the brunt of the opponents, fans, and even his teammates. But in the end he was so good that he won them all over.
SportsAspire Staff Last Updated: October 24, aged 53 Batting Average. Inducted into the Baseball National Hall of Fame inRobinson is remembered for breaking the barrier of racial segregation in the field of sports - which was at its peak back then. Here is a look at the life of a man who would go on to defy racial authority and overcome unfavorable odds to change the face of sports once and for all.
His father, who was a plantation worker, left the family soon after his birth, making the Robinson family shift to Pasadena, California.
For a brief period, Robinson started indulging in rowdy activities after joining a neighborhood gang. But he was lucky to be surrounded by mentors who guided him on the right path, especially after noticing his talent in the field of sports.
Inwhile at John Muir High School, Robinson excelled at various sports like baseball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball and broad jump.
Sports was one sphere where he could compete at the same level as white people. However, he was time and again reminded of his race when his opponents would play more aggressively against him and taunt him because of his color.
Inhe enrolled in the Pasadena Junior College, where he continued his sporting achievements much like he did at Muir Tech, excelling in multiple sports. He also started exhibiting leadership qualities by becoming a part of various student bodies and organizations in the college. It was at this time that Robinson began to vocally defy the irrational authority of the whites over the blacks by raising his voice when he found a situation where blacks were being subjugated.
Robinson did not fail to impress at UCLA either. Robinson went on to win varsity letters in four different sports - basketball, baseball, track and football, an unprecedented feat at UCLA. Inhe joined the semi-professional football team Honolulu Bears in Hawaii.
After a brief stint, he returned to California to play professional football with the Los Angeles Bulldogs. However, his football career was short-lived as a shocking Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor meant that the United States was at war with Japan.
InRobinson was drafted into the U. Army and was assigned to a segregated unit in Fort Riley, Kansas. Though initially he was not allowed to attend the Officer Candidate School, protests from various prominent black personalities posted at that time in Fort Riley - like Heavyweight Boxing champion Joe Louis - eventually led to liberal norms, allowing Robinson to complete the course and be commissioned as a lieutenant in During his time in the army, several authority-defying acts - like refusal to sit at the end of the bus just because of his color - led to a court martial.
However, public outcry, especially from the black people, made sure his charge was reduced to two counts of insubordination, which he was acquitted of by an all-white panel of nine officers.
Eventually, Robinson was honorably discharged from service in With the Monarchs, Robinson quite clearly had established himself as one of the prominent black players out there.
But slowly, Robinson was getting frustrated with the incompetence of the Negro American League. He tried to get into the Major League by having a try-out with the Boston Red Sox, but had to leave the field humiliated after the spectators, who mainly comprised of the Red Sox management, threw racial insults at him.
However, all this while he was slowly getting noticed by Major League Baseball scouts around the country. However, his main concern here was not talent, but temperament.
Rickey knew that Robinson would face a lot of racial abuse for the initial few years, and before recruiting him, he wanted to make sure Robinson had the patience and composure to face all this.
The news that a black man was playing Major League Baseball spread like wildfire throughout the nation.On January 31, Jackie Robinson is born to Mallie and Jerry Robinson in Cairo, Georgia.
His father deserts the family. His mother, Mallie moves to Pasadena, California along with the family. Jackie is brought up in poverty by a single mother. Jackie Robinson Born Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia, the youngest of five children during a Spanish flu and smallpox epidemic.
. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, in Cairo, Georgia. The family soon moved to California, where Robinson attended Pasadena Junior College and later UCLA. He became the first athlete in the history of UCLA to letter in four sports in the .
I did a black history month project on Jackie robinson and i read this book, and it was amazing i would recomend this book to anyone looking for a good no great read or anyone doing a project on this great man!!!!! thnx your an awesome writer Arnold r. Biography Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in to a family of sharecroppers.
His mother, Mallie Robinson, single-handedly raised Jackie and her four other children. Biography: Where did Jackie Robinson grow up?
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children. Jackie's father left the family shortly after he was born and Jackie never saw him again. His mother Millie raised him and his .