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Brandon Pasley Mrs. Dwiggins Computers 1 September 11, 2014 Jackie Robinson: The Man That Broke The Color Barrier Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children. In May 1920 the Robinsons moved all the way to Los Angeles, California. Robinson was raised in a relatively poor family and attended John Muir High School, Pasadena Junior College, and UCLA. In 1941 he attended UCLA where he was an exceptional athlete showing so by lettering in four sports in the same year in baseball, basketball, football, and track. First to do that in UCLA history. Also in 1941 Jackie had to drop out of UCLA just short of graduation due to financial difficulties. Then, he moved to Honolulu,…show more content…
With his flawless reputation and help from some friends and family, all charges were lifted and he was then honored with an honorable discharge. After serving in the army he started playing professional baseball. At the time the game was still segregated. Robinson started in the Negro League, but was soon chosen by Branch Rickey to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers organization was an all-white team until Robinson moved to Florida and played in spring training for the Montreal Royals (The Minor League correspondent of the Brooklyn Dodgers.) Then, on April 14, 1947 the color barrier was broken because Jackie Robinson stepped on Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It wasn’t all easy from there though, he dealt with discrimination, racism and even received threats. During that first year of playing Jackie had a .349 batting average and a .985 fielding percentage which ultimately led him to getting called up to the Brooklyn Dodgers. That caused an uproar. Teams said they would refuse to play the Dodgers and even Jackie’s own teammates said they might sit out just because of the color of his skin. However, Jackie put all the discrimination aside and hit
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