Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Posted January 31, 2020 by Amanda | No Comment

Happy birthday to Jackie Robinson! Today marks what would have been the 101st birthday of the legendary baseball player.

Profile of the Day: Jackie Robinson

Image: Jackie Robinson / Library of Congress

Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children born into a family of share croppers. A natural athlete, Robinson was inspired to pursue his passion for sports by his older brother, Matthew “Mack” Robinson, who won a silver medal in the men’s 200 meters at the 1936 summer Olympics in Berlin. He finished just behind Jesse Owens.

In 1942, Robinson was drafted into the U.S. Army and in two years, had risen to the rank of second lieutenant. However, his military career was cut short in 1944 when he was court-martialed for refusing to give up his seat and move to the back of a bus. He was ultimately acquitted of the charges and received an honorable discharge.

In 1947, Robinson broke the baseball color barrier when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American player in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Robinson died on October 24, 1972 at the age of 53.

Jackie Robinson is not yet connected to the World Family Tree. Perhaps you can help expand his family tree and connect him to over 140 million people on Geni!
 

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