Youngest of five children. He went to John Muir High school, Lettered in football, basketball, track, baseball, and was also on the tennis team. After high school he attended Pasadena Junior College. Their he played four sports. After junior college he transferred to UCLA. There he was the first ever athlete to get varsity letters in four sports. After college he was drafted to the army in 1942. After the army he tried out for the Boston Red Socks but didn’t make the team. He was then signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers for $600 a month. Playing in the Major Leagues he went through a lot of negative and positive talk from the fans. He retired from baseball on January 5, 1957.
First played with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Played second base. Played in six World Series. He was apart of the Dodgers winning the 1955 World Championship. He played in six consecutive All Star games. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947. He won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1949. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962.
He was the first African American to play major league baseball since the 1880. He played a big role in ending the racial color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson not only affected baseball, he also affected the racial struggles throughout America. Jackie Robinson was a big supporter for the Civil Rights movement. He showed everyone that everybody deserves equal rights no matter who you are.