It was a cool, calm January day in a little sleepy town called Cairo, Georgia, and a legend was born. Jackie Robinson was born the youngest of five children. But little did he and his family know, he would make worldwide history that would change their lives forever. Jackie was raised by a single mom after his father left them at a young age. When his mom, Mallie Robinson, moved the family across the country to California, life became a lot harder for them.
Freshmen year was a rude awakening of what I was getting myself into. Coach Smolder was the toughest coach I have ever had. Our first day of practice we had to run 66, 40 yard sprints and I did all that just to start kickoff return on a 7-3 playoff football team, but I was the only freshmen to start. Sophomore year came around and it was a great learning experience because I started offensive line and played over ¾ of the game at defensive end which was weird because I’ve always played middle linebacker. I suppose everyone was in a sophomore slump because that year we were mediocre, going 5-5, but I was the only sophomore to play and I even picked up a fumble and ran it in for a 43 yard touchdown, it was our best game if the year.
Jackie didn’t pay attention to what people thought or said about him, just knowing he was going to get on base the next pitch. Jackie Robinson was born on January 31st, 1919 in Cairo Georgia. Was the youngest of five children, so wasn’t noticed by his parents much. His brother, Mack, was a track star, earning a silver medal in the 1936 Olympics, the main reason that Jackie was drawn to sports at such an early age. In high school, Jackie lettered in four different sports, baseball, football,
Texas baseball can be very exciting, especially as a high school junior fighting for a starting spot. Working on getting in shape, mastering the basics of the game, and then making it routine. It all felt so right, as if I was destined to have a good year, except my future beheld failure. It was this failure that would make me a better player in the near future. I believed that I worked hard; giving multiple hours a day to the game I love.
He went to college at Columbia on a football scholarship but ended up playing football and baseball for Columbia. He was immediately recruited by the New York Yankees once spotted by a scout. Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games and helped lead the Yankees to a world series. The first baseman was a vital part of the New York Yankees and became the team MVP and a very respected player to all. Gehrig’s speech also uses Ethos when he says, “I have been in ballparks for seventeen years”.
“Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller made into the Hall of Fame the first year (also)” ii. These two men made into the Hall of Fame the first year they played and even though Feller had more votes they both got in. d. This will strengthen my paper by showing the end of Robinsons career and what he had to go through to become a “Hall of Famer”. e. These examples prove that Jackie did have a great career and going into the Hall of Fame proved that he was an amazing
He came from a poor family of sharecroppers in the South and was the youngest of five. Robinson’s older brother Matthew Robinson was the person who inspired Jackie to pursue his talents and love for sports. Matthew won a silver medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games just behind Jesse Owens. Jackie did it all, he excelled in all types of sports it came natural to him. He attended Pasadena Junior College then later continued his education at UCLA where he became the first athlete to win varsity letters in four sports: basketball, football, track, and baseball.
Jackie’s career consisted of many obstacles and barriers that he had to jump over, through his childhood times, his come up being a MLB player, and finally his time of becoming a hall of famer. With Jackie being persistent with his choice of sport, only known as a white sport overall, trying to make his way to the MLB created a huge stir in the game of baseball. This biography “Jackie Robinson: A Biography” by Mary Kay Linge is my best source because it gives insight about Jackie’s path through adolescence, gives issues and struggles he went through, and lastly it gives some information on how he accomplished his goal of not only being a MLB star but a hall of famer. Linge, in her biography points out insight about Jackie’s young times by telling
He was elected into the Major league Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot which is very impressive because not many people make it on the first ballot, not even today. Today the MLB honors Jackie Robinson by everybody in the league wearing the number 42 which was the number he wore when he played baseball. The league wears the number 42 on April 15th which is known as Jackie Robinson Day and if there is any teams that don't play on the 15th they will celebrate it on the 16th to honor it still. Every year they bring the Robinson family out on the Dodgers field to celebrate the special event. This year will be the 69th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson took the field for the first time breaking down the color