Jackie Robinson Social Life

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Sean Walters
Block BH
February 8, 2018

Jackie Robinson is a person that most people only know one side of, that was his baseball side. But Jackie Robinson also had a life outside of baseball packed with excitement. He had to stand up for his rights on the field and off and had to deal with problems like everyone else but worse. Jackie Robinson’s social life was affected by baseball and he helped the Civil Rights movement.
Robinson’s early social life was affected by where he grew up, his skin color, and his parents. Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, in, Cairo, Georgia and grew up in Pasadena, California (Witherbee 1-2). In Cairo, his parents were sharecroppers which meant that they were farmers that worked part of the landowner's
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Robinson was the first African-American baseball player to play in the MLB. While in the MLB Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1959 under many different managers including Branch Rickey. Rickey had been interested in Robinson because of not only his skill but his ability of not to fight back (Rubinstein 20-25). On August 28, 1945, Rickey had a meeting with Robinson and Rickey told Robinson that he would have to deal with the greatest harassment and vituperation any player had ever faced (Rubinstein 20-25). Robinson eventually made his Major League debut on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball’s color barrier (Rubinstein…show more content…
One of the ways Robinson’s legacy lives on is being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962 (“Remembering Jackie”). One of the ways every MLB team celebrates Jackie Robinson is by wearing his number 42 on every manager and players jersey every April 15 (Rubinstein 20-25). Robinson's legacy lives on in everybody's mind for being the first African-American baseball player, that people look up to. Robinson won numerous awards for how he played and acted. The awards were being a six-time All-Star from 1949 through 1954, National League MVP in 1949, and Rookie of the Year in 1947 (“Remembering Jackie”). Jackie Robinson later died on October 24, 1972 in Stamford,
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