Jackie Robinson Short Biography

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On January 31, 1919, Jack Roosevelt Robinson, the fifth and youngest child of black sharecroppers was born in Cairo, Georgia. As an infant Jackie’s father left the family and his mother moved them to Pasadena, California. He grew up on a residential plot with two houses to accommodate his entire extended family. Working various and numerous odd jobs Robinson’s mother worked hard to support her family. It wasn’t easy growing up in a rich neighborhood while being both poor and black. Many other minorities and Jackie got together and formed a street gang, which he later left. In 1935 Jackie enrolled at John Muir High school where he realized his amazing athletic talent. His brother Mack, who went on to win a silver medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics…show more content…
Jackie was at it again with sports and became the first UCLA Bruin to letter in four sports and was one of four black players on the football team making it the most integrated team in the nation. Competing in track and field he won the 1940 NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the long jump with a 24’10.5” jump. Surprisingly, his “worst sport” at UCLA was baseball where he hit a pathetic .097 on the season after going 4-4 in the season opener where he stole home twice, a reoccurring them throughout his career. During his time at UCLA he met his future wife, Rachel Isum, a freshman at the time who knew about Robinson due to his athletic prowess and accomplishments at Pasadena Junior College. Much to the dismay of his mother, Jackie left UCLA during the spring semester of his senior year and fell just short of graduating. His reasoning was to become the assistant athletic director of the National Youth Administration. The government got rid of the NYA and Jackie traveled to Hawaii to play semi-pro football. After his return to California, Pearl Harbor was bombed and the U.S. entered WWII. Jackie’s football career was put on hold to fight in the

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