Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Ari Druck, Sports

Jackie Robinson is not just known for being one of if not the greatest baseball player of all time but he was the first african american person to break the baseball color barrier. Robinson was born on January 31st, 1919. He grew up in Cairo, Georgia  with his two brothers Mack and Edgar, his sister Willa Mae, his mother Mallie, and his father Jerry. When Jackie was one years old he moved to Pasadena, California where he grew up. Robinson did basketball, track, football, and baseball at Muir Highschool, he then went to college at UCLA and played the same sports there. In the 1936 Berlin Olympics Jackie got second in the 200 meter-dash against Jesse Owens. Robinson started playing baseball in 1945, when he was 26 and he stared in the Negro leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs.