About Matthew MacKenzie Robinson
Olympics silver medal winner Mack Robinson was the older brother of Baseball Hall of Fame member Jackie Robinson.
He was born Matthew MacKenzie Robinson on July 18, 1914 in Cairo, Georgia. Robinson and his siblings were left fatherless at an early age, leaving their mother, Mallie Robinson, as the sole support of the children. She performed in a variety of manual labour tasks, and moved with her children to Pasadena, California, while the children were still young. Mack remained in town for school, and set national junior college records in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and long jump at Pasadena City College.
He placed second in the Western Regional Olympic Tryouts in 1936, earning himself a place on the United States Olympic team. He went on to win the silver medal in the men's 200 metres at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, finishing just 0.4 seconds behind Jesse Owens.
Mack Robinson attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1941. At the University of Oregon he won numerous titles in NCAA, AAU and Pacific Coast Conference track meets. He has been honored as being one of the most distinguished graduates of the University of Oregon and is a member of the University of Oregon Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame
Later in life, he was known for leading the fight against street crime in his home town of Pasadena. In 1997, the Pasadena Robinson Memorial, dedicated to both Matthew and Jackie, was dedicated in 1997. He died of complications from diabetes, kidney failure, and pneumonia in Pasadena, on March 12, 2000.
Several locations are named in honor of Matthew Robinson. In addition to the Pasadena Robinson Memorial, the stadium of Pasadena City College was dedicated to him in 2000. That same year, the United States Postal Service approved naming the new post office in Pasadena the Matthew 'Mack' Robinson Post Office Building.
Robinson died on March 12, 2000 at a hospital in Pasadena, California at the age of 85.