Jackie Robinson: Baseball Legend

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Jackie Robinson was known for many great things, but the most famous thing Jackie did was break the baseball color barrier. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919. Most people called him Jackie but his real name was Jack. Jackie was born on a farm near Cairo, Georgia. Jack’s parents were Mallie and Jerry. Jack had four other siblings, three brothers and one sister. Edgar, Frank, and Mack were his older brothers. Willa Mae, his sister, was two years older than Jackie. When Jackie was born his father moved away; so Jackie never saw his dad.
When Jackie was very young his mother decided to move the family to Pasadena, California. The Robinson’s were one, if not the only, African-Americans in the entire neighborhood. The neighbors did not like the Robinson’s because they were black. Mallie taught her children to work hard in life and not to let those racial insults and offenses bother then. The neighbors slowly started to get used to one another. Jackie attended school at Grover Cleveland Elementary School, Washington Middle, John Muir Technical High School, Pasadena City College, and the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). People at school would bribe Jackie to try and get him to be on their team.
Jackie started hanging out with a group called the Pepper Street gang. The members were African American, Asian, and Hispanic. They stole golf balls off a golf course, and would sell them back to golfers to make money. Another thing Jackie’s gang did was throw rocks or dirt at cars. Once they put tar in someone’s lawn and it was sticky. Two men helped Jack turn his life around in the right direction. Carl Anderson, a mechanic, and Pastor Karl Downs encouraged Jackie to put his energy into sports instead of trouble...

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...to do this report on Jack Robinson because he was so legendary and he made history. One of my favorite things that happened in Jackie’s life, was when Branch rickey told him “I want a ball player with guts enough not to fight back.” Their is a foundation in honor of him called the Jackie Robinson Foundation. They even made two movies about Jackie, “42” and “The Jackie Robinson Story.” On April 15, we remember the number of one of our American heroes. Jackie Robinson, number forty two, was a great baseball legend.

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