Jackie Robinson

Baseball Player
Hometown Cairo, Georgia
Died Oct 24, 1972
Death Place Stamford, Connect...
Other Names Robinson, Jack Ro...

Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson was an American baseball player who became the first black Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

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1919 Birth Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. … Read More
1920 1 Year Old After Robinson's father left the family in 1920, they moved to Pasadena, California. … Read More


1935 16 Years Old In 1935, Robinson graduated from Washington Junior High School and enrolled at John Muir High School (Muir Tech). … Read More
1936 17 Years Old In 1936, Robinson won the junior boys singles championship in the annual Pacific Coast Negro Tennis Tournament and earned a place on the Pomona annual baseball tournament all-star team, which included future Hall of Famers Ted Williams and Bob Lemon.
1937 18 Years Old In late January 1937, the Pasadena Star-News newspaper reported that Robinson "for two years has been the outstanding athlete at Muir, starring in football, basketball, track, baseball and tennis." … Read More
1938 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1938, he was elected to the All-Southland Junior College Team for baseball and selected as the region's Most Valuable Player. … Read More


1939 - 1940 3 More Events
In the spring semester of 1941, despite his mother's and Isum's reservations, Robinson left college just shy of graduation. … Read More
1942 - 1943 2 More Events
An event on July 6, 1944, derailed Robinson's military career. … Read More
In early 1945, while Robinson was at Sam Huston College, the Kansas City Monarchs sent him a written offer to play professional baseball in the Negro leagues. … Read More
…  On February 10, 1946, Robinson and Isum were married by their old friend, the Rev. Karl Downs.
The following year, six days before the start of the 1947 season, the Dodgers called Robinson up to the major leagues. … Read More
In 1948, Reese put his arm around Robinson in response to fans who shouted racial slurs at Robinson before a game in Cincinnati. … Read More


1949 - 1950 4 More Events
Before the 1951 season, O'Malley reportedly offered Robinson the job of manager of the Montreal Royals, effective at the end of Robinson's playing career. … Read More
1952 - 1954 4 More Events
…  Robinson played in six World Series and contributed to the Dodgers' 1955 World Series championship. … Read More
1956 37 Years Old In 1956, Robinson had 61 runs, a .275 batting average, and 12 steals. … Read More
Robinson retired from baseball at age 37 on January 5, 1957. … Read More


1960 41 Years Old After supporting Richard Nixon in his 1960 presidential race against John F. Kennedy, Robinson later praised Kennedy effusively for his stance on civil rights.
1964 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Robinson was angered by conservative Republican opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
1966 47 Years Old He later became special assistant for community affairs when Rockefeller was re-elected governor of New York in 1966.
1968 49 Years Old Switching his allegiance to the Democrats, he subsequently supported Hubert Humphrey against Nixon in 1968.


1969 50 Years Old Protesting the major leagues' ongoing lack of minority managers and central office personnel, Robinson turned down an invitation to appear in an old-timers' game at Yankee Stadium in 1969.
1971 52 Years Old …  On June 17, 1971, at the age of 24, he was killed in an automobile accident. … Read More
In 1972, he served as a part-time commentator on Montreal Expos telecasts.
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