Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail HermanAs a kid, Jackie Robinson loved sports. And why not? He was a natural at football, basketball, and, of course, baseball. But beyond athletic skill, it was his strength of character that secured his place in sports history. In 1947 Jackie joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking the long-time color barrier in major league baseball. It was tough being first- not only did fans send hate mail but some of his own teammates refused to accept him. Here is an inspiring sports biography, with black-and-white illustrations throughout.
Jackie Robinson facts for kids
Our facts sheets for kids are packed full of amazing, cool and quick information about this famous black athlete who was born in and changed the history of baseball forever. Find out interesting information about the life and achievements of this talented American sportsman including how many siblings he had, which baseball team he played for, where he was born and raised and how he died. Learn about some of his most important career highlights and the statistics of this fantastic American baseball player. Our facts sheets are the perfect aide to discovering information about this legendary American sports star. Did You Know? Did you know that Jackie Robinson had a brother who was an athlete?
Toggle navigation. His name at birth was Jack Roosevelt Robinson. He was born into a sharecropping family, the youngest of five children. Jackie's father left when he was an infant and his mother worked a variety of jobs to support her children. Jackie's older brothers Mack and Frank encouraged Jackie's interest in sports. He made the newspaper in for his outstanding athletic performance in high school.
Twenty-eight years later, he broke the baseball color line and became the first African American to play on a major sports team. Here are 42 facts to celebrate the legendary athlete. Shortly after his birth, his family moved and settled in Pasadena, California. President Theodore Roosevelt, who died 25 days before Robinson was born, was the inspiration for his middle name. He was also an accomplished tennis player, winning the junior boys singles championship in the Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament. In , Jackie Robinson was drafted into the Army. While in the Army, Robinson became friends with boxing champion Joe Louis when the heavyweight, who was stationed at Fort Riley at the time, used his celebrity to protest the delayed entry of black soldiers in an Office Candidate School OCS.
Robinson became the first black athlete to play Major League Baseball in the 20th century when he took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in Throughout his decade-long career, Robinson distinguished himself as one of the game's most talented and exciting players, recording an impressive. He was also a vocal civil rights activist. The youngest of five children, Robinson was raised in relative poverty by a single mother. He attended John Muir High School in Pasadena, California, 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