Jackie Robinson Biography

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An icon is a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. This man was not only an Icon in baseball, but a civil rights leader, a father of three, and a role model for all young adults. Jackie Robinson was a small town boy who had big-time dreams. He was from a small city in Georgia and always had outstanding athletic abilities. Not only was Jackie a baseball player, but he also played a major role in breaking the color barrier. Jackie Robinson has lived a successful life due to his determination to break color barriers, his determination to prove people wrong, and his outstanding athletic abilities. Robinson had many struggles growing up, including his life after he was married. His life started on January…show more content…
Robinson started college at Pasadena Junior College before he transferred to the University of California in Los Angeles(Tygiel).Robinson was an outstanding baseball player, even though it was not his best sport; at UCLA he thrived at both track and football, people said Robinson was better at both--track and football-- than he was at baseball(Aaron). Tygiel even states that “ At the University of California at Los Angeles in 1940, where he won renown as the "Jim Thorpe of his race," the nation's finest all-around athlete. Robinson was an All-American football player, leading scorer in basketball, and record-setting broad jumper, in addition to his baseball exploits.” During Robinsons senior year of college, he unexpectedly had to leave before graduating("Jackie Robinson." DISCovering Multicultural America: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Gale, 2003.).Even Though Robinson excelled in college, many of his achievements came after he left college his senior…show more content…
Before Robinson got asked to play baseball-- in the minors, the majors, or any team to be exact-- he lived a pretty average life. He got drafted from the military, that didn't last very long, and soon left on an honorable discharge due to standing up for what he believed in.That's just the beginning though, baseball held many accomplishments for him that no one thought was possible; Robinson was signed onto the Dodgers farm team on October 23, 1945(“Jackie Robinson”). Jackie joined the Dodgers majors team in 1947 and became there top paid player, but he also led the league in stolen bases(“Jackie Robinson’s Role In Integrating Baseball”). While playing for the Dodgers Robinson lead the league with his batting average with an average of .342; in his time with the Dodgers, he was voted the league's MVP, lead the Dodgers to six championships, and won, and one world series(“Jackie Robinson”). Jackie was an outstanding ballplayer with many achievements in his sport,” Robinson led that league in batting average in 1946 and was brought up to play for Brooklyn in 1947. He was an immediate success on the field. Leading the National League in stolen bases, he was chosen Rookie of the Year. In 1949 he won the batting championship with a .342 average and was voted the league’s Most Valuable Player ”(“Jackie Robinson”). Jackie Robinson now has a day named after him, April 15, and
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