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Robinson also became a vocal champion for African-American athletes, civil rights, and other social and political causes.

Jackie Robinson the First Black Major League Baseball player

         Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia January 31,1919. His family was sharecroppers, his mother Mallie Robinson single handedly raised jack and four other children. They were the only black family on there block.

         He attended John Muir High School and Pasadena Junior College, where he was an excellent athlete, he played four sports football, track, baseball, and basketball. He later attended University of California where he became the first student to win varsity letters in four sports. In 1941 he was forced out of UCLA due to financial hardship. He then moved to Honolulu where he played semi-pro football for the Honolulu bears.

         In 1942 to 1944 he served as second lieutenant in the U.S. army. He never saw combat but was arrested and court-martialed for refusing to get in the back of the bus during training. The charges were later dropped and he received a honorable discharge. After his discharge in 1944 he played baseball professionally. At that time the sport was segregated, where whites and blacks had there own league. Robinson first played in the negro league, but then was chosen by the Vice President of the Brooklyn Dodgers Branch Rickey to integrate Major League Baseball (MLB).

       He died from heart problems and diabetes complication on October 24, 1972. His wife established the Jackie Robinson foundation dedicated to his life's work. The foundation helps young people with scholarships, and mentoring.







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After baseball, Robinson became active in business and continued his work as an activist for social change.