Yeah sure, here it is: Jackie Robinson: Baseball Great
By: Richard Scott
*Jackie’s Early Life
-Jackie was born on January 31st 1919, just outside Cairo, Georgia.
-He was the grandson of a slave
-Jackie’s mom taught her children not to be shaken by racist treatment.
After his father abandoned them, Jackie moved with his family out to Pasadena, CA
-When he was a teenager, he joined a street gang which led him away from his roll models.
-While attending UCLA, Jackie not only met his future wife, Rachel, but also participated in four varsity athletic teams.
-In 1942, Robinson was drafted into the army.
-in 1943, be rose top the rank of second lieutenant.
-in 1944, Robinson was honorably discharged from the army
-He then joined the Kansas City Monarchs
*After WWII, major league baseball clubs were segregated into two divisions, Black and White.
-The man who spearheaded the desegregation movement was Branch Ricky, the white coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
-He sent out numerous scouts to find an African-American with so much talent, that noone would question a colored man’s ability to play baseball. He was also supposed to be able to withstand all the abuse and prejudices people had.
-After much deliberation, Branch selected Jackie Robinson.
-in October of 1945, Robinson signed a contract to play with the Montreal Royals, the Dodger’s top minor league club.
-Robinson received huge amounts of racist discrimination and racial slurring.
-At the Little World Series, he was almost booed off the field, but his mother’s lessons on toleration helped him to stand strong.
*Latter part of Jackie’s baseball career
-in 1946, Jackie Robinson Jr. is born; Jackie swears not to abandon his little boy like his father did.
-in 1947, Jackie Robinson is moved up to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
-in 1947, Jackie is the first Negro man ever to play in the World Series; receives death threats.
- in 1949, the Dodgers recruit more Negro players, Roy Campenella, and Don Newcombe. He is then named MVP, and his salary is increased to $35,000/year.
-in 1950, Jackie’s first daughter, Sharon Robinson, is born, and the whole family moves to St. Albans, NY.
-1950, Jackie produces the film “The Jackie Robinson Story”, and receives more death threats.
-In January of 1957, Jackie retires from Baseball.