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.
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.
Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in He was the first black man to openly play in the major leagues since the s. He had a big role in bringing an end to racial segregation in professional baseball. Up to that point, African-Americans could only play in Negro leagues for six decades. His character and skills challenged the usual basis of segregation. At the time, this basis was part of many other pieces of American life. Robinson and his abilities contributed a lot to the civil rights movement.
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?