Jackie Robinson: A life in pictures

By on April 15, 2015

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Jackie Robinson: A life in pictures

Jackie Robinson moved up to the major leagues and was subjected to fierce racism, but kept his promise to Branch Rickey to hold his temper, opening the door for other black baseball players. On April 15, 1947, Robinson made history when he made his debut as the first African American to play in Major League Baseball for the Dodgers, 68 years ago.

The grandson of a slave, Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Cairo, Ga. After his father left, his mother moved the family to Calif., where Jackie excelled in high school sports. In 1939, he became a top collegiate running back at the Univer

Photo: Harry Warnecke/New York Daily News./ Published: 04/15/2015 3:25:16

The grandson of a slave, Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Cairo, Ga. After his father left, his mother moved the family to Calif., where Jackie excelled in high school sports. In 1939, he became a top collegiate running back at the University of California. In 1941 he joined the Honolulu Bears professional football team and then was drafted into the U.S. Army. Robinson joined the Negro League’s Kansas City Monarchs in 1945 for a reported $ 400 a month. On Oct. 23, 1945, Robinson signed a contract with Branch Rickey to play for one of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ farm teams. He proved his worth by leading the team to the championship in the Little World Series. Robinson moved up to the majors and was subjected to fierce racism, but kept his promise to Rickey to hold his temper, opening the door for other black baseball players. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility. He died on Oct. 24, 1972.

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