Black History Month: Jackie Robinson
There are many important aspects to Black History Month: the people, their ideas, and their actions. Jack Roosevelt Robinson, also known as Jackie Robinson, is one of the most familiar baseball players of all time, who changed the rules of baseball.
Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson’s passion for sports began at a young age while watching his older siblings succeed in several sports. Robinson started playing football, basketball, baseball, and track at John Muir High School and Pasadena Junior College.
In 1938, Robinson was named the region’s Most Valuable Player for baseball. He later attended UCLA and continued playing four sports, while receiving varsity letters in all of them, and also being the first to do so. Shortly before graduation, Robinson was forced to leave UCLA due to financial issues. Shortly after, he moved to Honolulu Hawaii where he played football for the Honolulu Bears.
Robinson’s football career didn’t last long with the bears due to the start of World War II. In the Army, he served as a second lieutenant.
In 1945, Robinson began his baseball league while playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. Later that year in August, Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, entered Robinson’s life. Rickey had chosen Robinson to help unite Major League Baseball.
Throughout the process of joining the Dodgers, many people did not approve of the idea of having an African American playing for the Major League, which led to Robinson and his family encountering many threats, and racial abuse, according to Biography.com.
On April 15, 1947, Robinson got to play his first game at Ebbets field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This monumental day led to him becoming the first black athlete in Major League Baseball.
Throughout his baseball career, Robinson has had many great accomplishments like winning the National League pennant many times, winning the World Series, beating the Yankees, and lastly being inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
On October 24, 1972, Robinson passed away at the age of 53 due to heart problems and diabetes complications.
I choose to write about Robinson because no matter how rough times were, he always pushed through and accomplished his goals. He motivated me to play softball when I was younger, and I have always looked up to him. Robinson has inspired me to not care what others think of myself and that I should continue to do what I love.
His bravery to break the color barrier in baseball was a true sign of his strength. His courage opened the door for countless others to pursue the sport they love.