Jackie Robinson Accomplishments

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“The measure of life is not what life accomplishes but rather… the impact that life has on others” quote from Jackie Robinson. His legacy changed many lives. Jackie Robinson was one of the greatest baseball players of all time and his accomplishments led to increased equality for the blacks. He was born on January 31st, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia (Wikipedia.org). He was the youngest born of 5 children. He ended up only living there for a short amount of time because his father left them. Then he moved to Pasadena, California. His family was very poor. They lived in a under average house in a neighborhood. Robinson joined a neighborhood gang because he was discluded from all activities. After graduating from his previous high school, he enrolled at John Muir High School. He played 4 sports, football, baseball, basketball, and track, and lettered in all of them. After graduating he joined Pasadena Junior college. He continued playing the same sports very well. After that he enrolled at UCLA. He became the schools first athlete to letter in 4 sports. He won the NCAA championship with a record long jump of 24 feet and 10.25 inches. Surprisingly Robinsons worst sport at UCLA was baseball. He hit a .097 in his only season. He left UCLA right before graduation to follow his football career, but after the attack on Pearl Harbor, his football career was over. In 1942, Robinson was drafted into war. In january 1943 he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant. His military career suddenly came
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