jackie robinson

April 15, 1947 is the day that one of the most important events in American history took place. On that day, Jackie Robinson took the final step in making the biggest breakthrough in sports history, it was the day that Jackie Robinson played his first Major League Baseball game, which was also the first game of any kind in organized athletics in which a white man shared the field with an African-American. By doing so, he opened the door for future African-Americans to play organized athletics and now more than half of all athletes in major and professional sports are African-Americans. Jackie Robinson has influenced the lives of many people facing adversity. He has been an inspiration to many across the world. Jackie Robinson forever changed the landscape of American sports by breaking the color barrier. By breaking through the baseball color barrier, Jackie Robinson has become a hero to many people and opened the doors for African-Americans politically, socially, and economically. Jackie Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Jackies grandfather was a slave and his father a sharecropper. His mom and dad got a divorce when Jackie was just a baby. He, his mother and four siblings moved after his parents got a divorce. His mother took all the children and moved to Pasadena, California. Not long after the family moved to Pasadena, Jackies mother enrolled him into Pasadena Junior College, and later he went on to University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Jackie was a standout in school sports at UCLA, he played football, baseball, basketball, and track. Jackie later in 1941 left college in the middle of his junior year to join the Army. Four years after entering the Army Jackie was discharged because of a confrontation with another officer when he would not give up his seat on a military bus. He was discharged as a first Lieutenant. After leaving the Army Jackie wanted to play baseball,…

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