2Born John Roosevelt Robinson in 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Jackie’s family were sharecroppers.Sharecroppers tended someone else’s farm land for a portion of the profits.Jackie Robinson with his mother and siblings.He is age 6, the second from the left.
3Jackie’s College Years Jackie attended UCLA where he was an excellent baseball, basketball, football, and track athlete.
4Unfortunately, due to financial hardships, Jackie had to leave UCLA and he joined the Army. Jackie in his Army uniform.
5After leaving the Army in 1945 Jackie joined the Negro League.
6In the Negro League Jackie played for the Kansas City Monarchs. He was paid $400 a month to play shortstop.Playing in the Negro League was not always easy because players did not receive the same benefits as those in the Major League.Players were also harassed because of their race.
7Minor League BaseballDue to his skills, Jackie was quickly noticed by Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers.Jackie played briefly for theMontreal Royals beforejoining the BrooklynDodgers in 1947.
8“The Great Experiment” Branch Rickey knew Jackie was a strong athlete.Rickey also knew Jackie would have to withstand public humiliations.The hiring of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers was known as “The Great Experiment.”
9A Big Step for African American Ball Players Jackie was the first African American playerin the Major League since 1889.Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey
10Career Highlights At the end of his first season, 1947, Jackie was the first Major LeagueRookie of the Year.That same season he was5th in the National League’sMost Valuable Player voting.
11Jackie in his Dodger’s uniform. In 1947 Jackie had 12 homeruns, 29 stolen bases, and a .297 average.In 1949 Jackie was voted the National League MVP, with 37 stolen bases, batting in 124 runs, and an average of .342.Jackie in his Dodger’s uniform.
12In 1962 Jackie was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
13A postage stamp was designed and released in 1997 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of joining the Brooklyn Dodgers.
14Jackie died in 1972 at the age of 53. Jackie wanted to raise an awareness in society that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of race.Many organizations and foundations have been established in his honor.April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball.Jackie died in 1972 at the age of 53.
15Jackie with teammates on his first day as a Brooklyn Dodger. “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me…all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” --Jackie RobinsonJackie with teammates on his first day as a Brooklyn Dodger.
16Sources www.afro.com/history/Robinson/negro.html Created by Shawn HurmanHigh Point Elementary SchoolFall 2005